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Mrs. Wiseman from Payson IL is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Aquaponics! Explore a Self-Sustaining Ecosystem

Help me give my students an AquaSprout aquaponics system for our classroom as a way to learn about the symbiotic relationship between plants and aquatic animals.

  • $759 goal

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My Students

My students are 54 sixth-grade boys and girls who are ready to learn in an exciting environment.

They are full of energy and really thrive on hands-on, interactive lessons in the classroom.

As with many other rural community schools in the state of Illinois, we are in a tremendous economic struggle. There simply isn't enough money in the budget to fulfill the requests of so many of our teachers. My duty as an educator is to do everything within my power to help my students succeed.

My Project

Imagine walking into a classroom that has a self-sustaining ecosystem alive and thriving right before your eyes. Picture the excitement on students' faces when they discover the symbiotic relationship between the requested plants, fish and bacteria. Through the science of aquaponics, this encounter is possible. To establish the system, I am requesting an AquaSprouts aquaponics set, education kit, tank, heater, light, sand, accessories, plants, and fish.

As a life science teacher, my greatest joy comes from watching my students learn through unique hands-on experiences.

Providing my students access to an aquaponics system is the perfect way to engage them in sustainable technologies and to introduce alternative ways of growing food! Implementing such a practice in our classroom is sure to pique curiosity and inspire ideas for generations to come.

Mrs. Wiseman
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AquaSprouts Complete Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $211.45 1 $211.45
LED Grow Light • Carolina Biological Supply Company $53.95 1 $53.95
Aquarium Tank, Glass, 10 Gal • Carolina Biological Supply Company $37.75 1 $37.75
CaribSea Instant Aquarium Freshwater Substrates • LIVEAQUARIA $22.65 1 $22.65
Aquarium Heater, 50 W • Carolina Biological Supply Company $15.75 1 $15.75
Tetra 5-Day Vacation Feeding Block • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.46 4 $13.84
Yup! Planted Whimsy Green/Red Micro Ludwigia Plant • LIVEAQUARIA $12.99 1 $12.99
Aquatic Creations Artificial Rock Formation #5 • LIVEAQUARIA $9.99 1 $9.99
Marineland Artificial Plant Mats • LIVEAQUARIA $4.99 2 $9.98
Sand Banks • LIVEAQUARIA $6.99 1 $6.99
Neon Blue Tux Guppy (Pair) • LIVEAQUARIA $5.99 1 $5.99
Lemon Cobra Guppy (Pair) • LIVEAQUARIA $5.99 1 $5.99
Tetra 14-Day Vacation Feeding Block • Carolina Biological Supply Company $4.72 1 $4.72
Azoo Real Plant Artificial Echinidorus amazonicus • LIVEAQUARIA $4.49 1 $4.49
Azoo Real Plant Artificial Chlorophytum • LIVEAQUARIA $1.49 3 $4.47

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