This ECOLIFE Aquaponics Education Program is a unique design that breaks from the conventional classroom style while addressing community engagement and the serious issues of resource consumption. It immerses students in a world of experiential learning and the wonders of hands-on science. Using aquaponics as an educational tool educators interactively teach valuable science concepts and inspire students with ideas that can really benefit humanity. The program engages students in sustainable technologies and alternative ways of growing food, and aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards of the K-12 STEM curriculum. Educators at all grade-levels and their students have the opportunity to grow with aquaponics at their school, and learn more about how to create a project that educates future farmers and contributes to the sustainability of our planet.
Aquaponics is a sustainable method of food production combining aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water with added nutrients). In this circulating system, nitrifying bacteria converts fish waste into a natural fertilizer for plants. Plants take up those nutrients and return clean water to the fish, creating a system of perfect harmony. Aquaponics is a valuable farming technique in areas where land and water are not plentiful. It's beneficial for everyone who wants to grow food, and it can be done just about anywhere that has access to clean water and energy.
Note: Aquaponics Education is one of the two worthwhile projects undertaken by ECOLIFE. On their website (www.ecolifeconservation.org) viewers will see the other project which builds fuel efficient, environmentally conscience stoves that protect people and wildlife in Mexico and Uganda, creating a better world for future generations. Accomplishments include: "Protected more than 3,000 people in Central Mexico from household burns and smoke-related respiratory ailments by installing more than 500 patsari stoves. Protected tens of thousands of trees from cutting as wood-for-fuel. Offset upwards of 8,000 metric tons of carbon emissions. Improved overall health of 650 Ugandan students and increased their time in classrooms."