Spring 2013

Middle school students learn aquaponics through collaboration

Middle school students in Bayfield, Wis. had the unique opportunity to design a recirculating aquaponics system with assistance from the UW-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (NADF).

Students in Dave Doering’s 7th grade class worked with traditional tools and modern problem solving skills to successfully complete the project, conducted in the Technology and Engineering Department at Bayfield High School.

“This is a great example of the Technology and Engineering Education Curriculum,” said Doering. “Students still use power tools and have to understand working drawings, but instead of building a small shelf, they’re applying their newly acquired skills to grow plants and fish.”

The class visited the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility where project mentor and NADF Facility Operational Manager, Greg Fischer, showed the students biofilters and explained the nitrogen cycle. Fischer also displayed the types of fish the students would be working with including perch, lake herring, and a student favorite - lake sturgeon.

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