Here at Trifecta Ecosystems, a Connecticut Benefit Corporation, we’ve been helping educators and schools enhance their in-class learning with aquaponics systems for years. During this time, we have seen firsthand the benefits of using classroom aquaponics as a teaching aid with many different grade levels.
Here are just a few of the reasons why your classroom needs an aquaponics system.
1. Increased Student Engagement
The undeniable benefit of having a classroom aquaponics system is the increased engagement that you get from the students.First and foremost, aquaponics necessitates that learning is physical with hands on interaction from the entire classroom. By bringing a system to life and maintaining it throughout the course of the year. In creating a physical learning experience students engage with subject matter that just isn’t possible through lecturing with powerpoints or a chalkboard. With hands on learning students retain the subject matter better and enjoy the act of learning the subject matter at hand. Classroom aquaponics is enabling teachers to get better results from their lesson plans and improving their students willingness to learn.
2. Your Students Will Love You
Granted we’re being a little superficial with this one. However we’ve seen first hand with many of our teachers who complain about problem students who completely change their attitude after a classroom aquaponics system is installed. The physical engagement, the responsibility of looking after living things, literally getting to eat the fruits of their labor, and the ability for the students to show off their system to family gives them pride for their learning.
3. Teaching STEM Subjects Has Never Been Easier
One of the greatest benefits of classroom aquaponics is the ability to adapt interactive and fun lesson plans to enhance learning difficult STEM subjects. Aquaponics is an ecosystem in a container. Whether you are teaching the foundational principles of life through photosynthesis or advanced genetic principles of biology, aquaponics is the perfect example of scientific principles in action. In learning with a living example students get a practical real life reference for how science works in nature from biology, to physics, to chemistry, ecology and environmental science.
You’re probably beginning to see how classroom aquaponics is the perfect teaching aid for any science subject. But, aquaponics also provides a practical foundation for the other STEM subjects too. Aquaponics is utilizing current modern technologies that students will need to learn about in order to participate competently when they enter the workforce. In addition aquaponics is the engineering of a living ecosystem. Students learn from their system about engineering and system design and can extrapolate to engineer their own systems learning math principles in the process. In addition to the STEM subjects we have also used aquaponics to teach business, health and nutrition, agriculture, entrepreneurship and anatomy. Aquaponics has allowed teachers a way to teach any subject in an interactive and progressive way.
4. Year Round Teaching Aid That Students Love
One of the best pieces of feedback and insight we’ve received from students and teachers alike is that aquaponics can be utilized to teach throughout the entire school year. Even throughout their entire educational career. The ability to teach different subjects through various aspects of the system and in varying degrees of depth means that aquaponics can provide stability in learning throughout the year. Being able to keep a commonality form subject matter to subject matter gives students a reference point for each new concept and shows them real world applications for each new subject matter. Any time that students get to interact and learn from the system is a great day for them.
5. Gain Real Interest In Your Class From Parents
One of the true benefits of a teaching tool like aquaponics is that the students truly enjoy the learning. When students enjoy the learning they talk about it at home with their friends and family. Aquaponics is a new and unique concept. We have found that the parents become as enthralled as the students. They can’t wait to learn along with their kids about the newest aquaponics lesson. Aquaponics is a great way to keep parents involved with what happens in the classroom and engaged with what their kids are learning. It creates a great way for parents and kids to connect over what they are learning through mutual curiosity.
6. Students Learn The Importance Of Caring For Living Organisms
As we’ve stated aquaponics is a living ecosystem in your classroom. This ecosystem consists of fish and plants that require oversight and care. The students learn to care and nurture their ecosystem. As a reward for their efforts they can harvest food throughout the year. In this way they learn the benefits that can come from the responsibility of caring for fish and plants. Teaching kids responsibility is only one more skill-set that can be learned from having an aquaponics system in the classroom.
7. Practical Knowledge In A Burgeoning Field Of The Future
The way of farming is changing. The job market is shifting and the traditional skill-sets. Skills that have held value for decades may not necessarily be as valuable ten and twenty years from now. Aquaponics has been named one of the top ten professions of the future by FastCompany and Business Insider Magazines.
Introducing students to aquaponics will engage them in learning traditional subjects like never before. All the while they are becoming literate in a skill-set that is the way of the future. Right now we see farmers aging, farm acreage decreasing, and urban populations rising. Aquaponics is currently one of the leading solutions society will use to face these issues. Having aquaponics in the classroom today is like having computers in the classroom 20 years ago. It’s a foundational instructional tool that is going to become commonplace in our society in a few short years. Those who adopt early with classroom aquaponics will be creating a bright and fulfilling future for their students.
Do You Need Classroom Aquaponics?
As you can see there are a multitude of benefits from having aquaponics systems in the classroom. We’re learning of more and more with each classroom we help teach using aquaponics. We truly feel that classroom aquaponics systems will be the cornerstone of food production and a great education.
Do you want an aquaponics system for your school or classroom? Simply give us a call at 860-531-2782 or click here to get started. To learn more about aquaponics and benefits for your school join our educators mailing list below. We’ll keep you up to date on the newest learning methods using aquaponics. Topics include how to use classroom aquaponics to meet common core and Next Generation Science Standards, aquaponics curriculum, and a closer look at the classrooms that are using aquaponics to change the way their students are learning.