Every time we put an aquaponics system in a school or classroom we see teachers inspiring students with experiential learning. Having a learning tool such as aquaponics has a unique effect on learning in the classroom. When we show these young “aquapioneers” how aquaponics can be used. With this experiential learning tool they can learn about science, technology, engineering or math. With all these options it can really invigorate students knowledge quest. They will also begin to look for other subjects to use aquaponics as a way to increase their learning potential.
Recently we installed an aquaponics system in an grammar school classroom in Windsor. Windsor has a special STEM program that engages students to use new technologies for learning. These students have a 3D printer in the classroom. They are also learning about coding and the internet of things. Now, with their aquaponics system, they know about advanced farming techniques of the future. They are redefining experiential learning.
Their program has a neat special twist to it. These students are learning about STEM subjects and these new tools as part of a concept study. The concept is that they are going to study them and see which are viable to help humans colonize Mars. They were already doing very cool things to inspire learning before they had a classroom aquaponics system. But now it’s at a whole new level!
Already they are seeing the benefits. First of all, to be able to grow food in space with LED supplemental lighting and also vertical aquaponics technology makes it a no-brainer. Second, it’s attractive because aquaponics is resource efficient as it uses the same water over and over again. They only need to add water for what the plants use for growth. Finally, they also are seeing that aquaponics is a way they can grow a protein source with edible fish. This gives it a big edge over potential other solutions.
This is incredible but what really amazes me is how they are finding new ways to use their aquaponics system for so much more than learning just STEM subjects. For example, a few of the students in this class also are part of an A/V class. In this class they are learning about video skills. The kids use green screens, video software, cameras and mics to make videos and conduct interviews.
They even interviewed me! We talk about aquaponics, the potential impact it can have on the future of food production, and why that’s important. They are using their skills from another class to teach others about aquaponics! These are the moments that showcase how classroom aquaponics is so impactful for experiential learning. These students were so inspired by their system they wanted to combine it with their other interest of film production. They used their experience from film class to teach other students about their new interest aquaponics.
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