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Aquaponics at Riverbend

Riverbend is a proud recipient of the 2017 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for the Building STEM Skills through Aquaponics Program

Riverbend is thrilled to launch our new aquaponics education program. Aquaponics offers a dynamic resource to advance and expand our educational mission of teaching environmental principles to inspire action and stewardship of the Earth's natural resources.

What is Aquaponics?

Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, the science of growing fish and plants together in one integrated, soilless system. It has been widely determined to be the most sustainable, naturally grown agriculture for the future. With an estimated human world population of more than 9 billion people by 2050, experts are predicting water and food scarcity will become more common in the future, making aquaponics a relevant and timely topic to explore.Cutting across all socioeconomic, cultural and academic backgrounds, food is a real-world issue and holds strong interest for all students. Building STEM Skills Through Aquaponics brings the problem of growing healthy food in the future to life in today's classroom and engages students in thinking critically and working collaboratively to address this challenge.

Building STEM Skills through Aquaponics

We are now recruiting teachers to join the award-winning Building STEM Skills through Aquaponics for the 2017-2018 school year!

Building STEM Skills through Aquaponics is a comprehensive program that provides teachers will all of the tools and skills needed to deliver an innovative STEM based curriculum.

This program includes:

Curriculum Guide:

18+ activities that bring Aquaponics to life in your classroom. Activities are geared towards elementary and middle school students but may be adapted to fit your needs.

Curriculum connections include carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, renewable resources, climate change, mathematics (estimating, sorting, analyzing data), social studies, sustainability and eco-entrepreneurism.

Teacher Professional Development:

Teachers receive two days of professional development in June to prepare for fall installation of their system. Teachers will learn how the Aquaponics system works, learn science content and practice curriculum activities. ACT 48 credit is available.

Classroom System

A 20-gallon classroom aquaponics system and all necessary equipment will be provided and installed, ideally in a workshop with your students. Riverbend will provide ongoing maintenance for one year for your system to help you ensure the system is thriving so that you can focus on lessons.

Field Trip

Students will visit Riverbend for a full day experience presented by skilled aquaponics educators. Field trip includes a science investigation and tour of the aquaponics greenhouse at Riverbend.

Please contact:
Erin McCool-Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives
610-527-5234 ext 112





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