Aquaponics growing system: practical designs for the classroom

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.7 Fisheries and aquaculture in the Arctic: Opportunities for research and education
Datetime Sep 06, 2018 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC +3)
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Jourdan Ringenberg (University of Nebraska Kearney, USA), Nate Bickford (University of Nebraska Kearney, USA), Matt Bice (University of Nebraska Kearney, USA), Richard Meyer (University of Nebraska Kearney, USA), Maurice Godfrey (University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA)
Abstract text

Due to a shortage of time, money, and material, any supplies or teaching models in classrooms must be well designed. These teaching tools need to be inexpensive, easy to use, long-lasting, and endure the use by children as they learn via hands on experimentation. This study focuses on aquaponics growing system designs. An aquaponics growing system combines an aquarium which houses aquatic creatures and a grow bed for plants. Aquaponics systems represent an ideal model for teaching science curriculum. However, identifying the effectiveness of system designs can be a difficult task. We have identified a number of designs used by schools at various educational levels to compare and contrast designs. At the same time, we proposed basic questions about design and effectiveness to teachers with systems in these respective classrooms.We hope our study allows us to create a few standard designs that stand up to the prolonged use of these systems in classrooms while maintaining system integrity at an inexpensive price point. This is especially important in places like the arctic where access to some resources are more challenging to find, such as wood in Greenland. Recycling material must be a key component for these classroom systems in certain regions with less access.

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