Do you want to see what a STEM Installation entails? Aquaponics USA installed three FFGS-40 STEM Food Growing Systems, each with an extra 120 gallon fish tank, into three inner-city Elementary schools in Tucson, Arizona. You can see videos of two of those school installations on our Aquaponics USA TV Channel or right here.
You need more than an Aquaponics System–you need Curriculum!
We provide you with two informative Manuals including the Resources & Curriculum Ideas For All Grade Levels and the How to Operate Your Specific System, A Training Manual for Teachers.
What's more, right here on our website, we have published a 30 Page document in 7 Parts called Aquaponics 101 by our System Designer, Oliver Duffy, complete with Quizzes after each Part and a Completion Certificate.
You can send your students right here to our webpage and give them their Reading Assignment and Quiz Part by Part or you can print out the entire Tutorial and administer it yourself in your classroom.
Aquaponics 101 is available for Free.
And you need SUPPORT!
Here’s our plan. We’ve spoken with The Global Schoolhouse who have said they are interested in our proposed project. Needless to say, this project is still in the design stages; but once it is up and running, what we envision is a world-wide network of K-12 schools with Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems. We want to link up all of these schools so they can share ideas, projects, curriculum and experiences. This would create a network of excited and motivated students communicating with each other through the internet. Then Aquaponics STEM Food Growing System Classrooms would branch out to include yet another subject--communication and advanced computer technology.
How else can you get an Aquaponics System?
One way to get a system is to build it yourself; and our Aquaponics 101, 30 Page, 7 Part Tutorial will tell you exactly how to do that. Building your system could be a fun quarter’s project all by itself. You could also convert a Hydroponics system into an Aquaponics system or go on a scavenger hunt to acquire some of your components. What’s important here is that you get a system however you can. If it’s through the gorilla construction method that’s just great as long as it works.
The advantage of buying a complete ready-to-go Aquaponics STEM Food Growing System, or an almost complete QUICK KIT like the ones you see on this website is you know they’re going to work and they’re going to work well.
Go to GlobalSchoolNet.org to explore and become a Member. This is the place where students are linked “around the world”.
Are you ready to create a STEM Classroom with Aquaponics? Aquaponics is a food growing technology so it's the perfect way to bring Integrated STEM learning into a Classroom.
It integrates Math, Science, Biology, Chemistry and Technology into the fascinating hands-on learning environment of a real, working ecosystem right in your classroom.
What is Aquaponics?
Aquaponics is a hybrid food growing technology combining the best of aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponics (growing veggies without soil). It’s completely organic because the fish produce natural fertilizer used by the plants and that means no man-made chemicals.
Aquaculture has been around for a long time. The fish that are easiest for novices to grow are Tilapia. Tilapia are tropical fish whose native home is Africa and the Nile River. They are perhaps the oldest farmed fish on the planet as the Egyptians held them captive in natural ponds along the Nile over 4,000 years ago. They are the best fish for a new Aquaponic farmer to raise because they are so tolerant and hardy. They are also one of the fastest growing fish, growing from a small fry to over a one pound meal in about eight months. You raise these delicious fish in a Tank. It only takes 1½ pounds of inexpensive fish food to grow one pound of fish.
The fish tank and the grow bed are inter-linked. The water is pumped from the fish tank to the raised Grow Bed and gravity flows back to the Fish Tank. The fish produce ammonia and with the help of naturally occurring beneficial bacteria, the ammonia changes into nitrate thereby becoming the plants’ natural fertilizer. In turn, the plants clean the water for the fish by absorbing the nitrate. It’s a symbiotic relationship–natures way when left undisturbed by humans.
This is why Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems can turn ordinary classrooms into STEM Classrooms in a matter of hours.
Bringing a STEM Food Growing System into a classroom with younger children is like bringing in magic.
They are simply amazed by being part of a living ecosystem.
Watch the scrolling images below to see how Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems bring classrooms to life.
3 Elementary Schools in Tucson AZ are running Aquponics STEM Food Growing Systems in their schools.
This Video is Part 1 of a series called “Aquaponics USA Travels to Tucson, Arizona” and it features the building, installation and testing of one of three of our STEM Food Growing Systems, the FFGS-40, that went into the Davis Bilingual Elementary School in the inner city of Tucson, Arizona.
How does Aquaponics Work in a Classroom?
Your students aren’t just reading, writing and discussing their subject whether it’s Science, Agriscience, Agriculture, Math, Biology or Culinary Arts–they are experiencing their subject. They are participating in the creation of an ecosystem that operates right before their eyes. Students of all ages from Elementary to Middle to High School find this interactive experience with an Aquaponics system to be invigorating. Some studies have shown students with an Aquaponics STEM classroom system score higher in math and science because they are more motivated.
An Aquaponics STEM Food Growing System can be used to demonstrate various principles taught in technology, plant life cycles and their structure, how to make effective use of recycled materials, low-tech/high-yield gardening, ecological issues, biology, chemistry, physics and sustainable farming. A system can be used to demonstrate in real time how the Nitrogen Cycle works, the parts of a seed, its germination and the growth rate of seedlings. The subjects are endless. Several Culinary Arts students are learning to grow the food they're being taught to prepare while supplying their school cafeteria with healthy fish and organic vegetables. This takes the “Farm to School” programs that have been popping up all over the nation to another level.
Not only the students but the Instructors benefit as well. Suddenly your ordinary classroom becomes a laboratory where you can experience hands-on teaching. Some Instructors, mostly on the East Coast, have created entire programs around this technology, erecting massive greenhouses and interacting with their communities to replenish natural marine populations into their natural habitats. The possibilities are almost infinite.
What do you Need to bring Aquaponics into your Classroom?
You need a system; and that’s where Aquaponics USA comes into the picture. Our system designer is a retired aerospace engineer who designs state-of-the-art, durable, long lasting Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems.
These systems out shine every other system on the market for durability, strong construction and ease of use. But most importantly in these challenging economic times, we under-price every other system on the market today on a per square foot basis. What’s more, you have lots of sizes from which to choose.
If you are space challenged, our EZ Reach, EZ-15 (the number indicates square feet of Grow Bed) is the system for you; but if space is not an issue, and you want to grow food for the school cafeteria, then you’ll want the FFGS-40 with a Module-40 for 80 square feet of Aquaponics growing area.
These Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems are not complicated. They can be up and running in short order, present you and your students with a mellow learning curve and come complete with everything you need to start your classroom lab (Grow Lights are optional). You assemble them, connect to electricity, add water, seedlings, fish; and you have an ecosystem. Aquaponics is an Integrative Course of Study for several age levels across several subjects including Agriculture, Science, Biology, Agriscience, Business (selling food to your own cafeteria) and Culinary Arts just to name a few.
Thank you for visiting our Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems in the Classroom page. We would love to build the perfect STEM Food Growing System for your classroom. Be sure to give us lots of lead time because we're happy to say, "We're swamped with Orders right now!"