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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