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Mr. Murphy from Chicago IL is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Aquaponics: Classroom Pets, Plants, and Projects

Help me give my students learning experiences that can provided with a classroom aquaponics system.

  • $195 goal

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My Students

This will be my first year as a lead teacher, but thankfully I will be starting at the school where I was a student teacher last fall. I am looking forward to continuing to work with last year's 6th and 7th graders and meet the incoming 6th grade class soon.

Middle schoolers can get a bad reputation, but I appreciate that my students are independent, critical thinkers who apply those abilities in and out of the classroom.

This year we will be developing those skills through collaborative and inquiry based learning.

My Project

Students in 6th and 7th grade learn about Earth's self-sustaining ecosystems. The opportunity to have access to a classroom aquaponics system will provide hands on learning about those systems on a micro level.

In caring for our fish and plants students will develop a deeper understanding for the need for biodiversity while engaging in learning experiences using farming methods of the future.

The aquarium tank will house class fish, which will provided air from the air pump while they provide nutrients to water that will be pumped up into a bed with the clay pellets and plants. Then, the plastic tubing will return the water to the aquarium to be recycled once again. Students will assist in constructing the aquaponics set up and will use the system to create experiments and observations for a unit on ecosystems.

Mr. Murphy
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Aquarium Tank, Glass, 10 Gal • Carolina Biological Supply Company $37.75 1 $37.75
Whisper 10 UL Aquarium Air Pump • Carolina Biological Supply Company $20.92 1 $20.92
5-in-1 Aquarium Test Strips • Carolina Biological Supply Company $17.55 1 $17.55
Hydroton Clay Pebbles | 10 Liter | Expanded Clay Growing Media • Amazon Business $17.43 1 $17.43
Watts SVIG10 Pre-Cut 1/2-Inch Diameter by 3/8-Inch Clear Vinyl Tubing, 10-Foot Length • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Homasy 80 GPH (300L/H, 4W) Submersible Water Pump, Ultra Quiet Pond, Aquarium, Fish Tank Fountain, Powerful Water Pump 5.9ft (1.8m) Power Cord • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Air Line Tubing, 25 ft • Carolina Biological Supply Company $6.07 1 $6.07
Aquarium Start-Up Pack • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.62 1 $5.62
Thermometer, Floating • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.10 1 $3.10

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