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Ms. O'Brien from Los Angeles CA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Aquaponics: When Hydroponics and Aquaculture Collide

My students need a significant addition to our Garden Science program an Aquaponics system. A simple, yet incredible system to exemplify green technology + gardening.

  • $3,927 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Over the past few years, the development of a Garden Science program at our school has proved to be a fantastic educational tool. The program has allowed students, in an inner city environment, hands-on learning opportunities to ignite that spark of interest to become future scientists.

Our school is very diverse, truly representative of the ethnic mix that is Los Angeles.

While the majority of our students are African American and Latino, several of our students are white, Indian, and from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds, with fifteen languages represented. Our school is a Title 1, high poverty school in Southern California with over 60% of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. Our wonderful children are enthusiastic, energetic, creative and passionate for learning. We have great parental support, yet need assistance in order to obtain materials to enrich student learning.

My Project

Our science program takes a systems approach - an educational philosophy that helps our students understand the complexity of the world around them and encourages them to think in terms of relationships, connectedness, and context. To enhance their learning experience, I am requesting a significant addition for our Garden Science program -an Aquaponics system. Aquaponics combines hydroponics with aquaculture, and provides a model for urban agriculture as a means to grow healthy and natural foods in an urban environment. The fish provide nutrients for plants in the form of their own excrement. The water in the fish tank is continuously pumped into a grow bed where the plants are located. The roots of plants act as a filtration system to clean the water. The clean water is then sent back into the fish tank.

The art system I am requesting will be a great addition to our Garden Science program, and will involve all students at our school.

Art, although simple in concept, is a state-of-the-art green technology that provides a model for efficient and sustainable agriculture in an urban environment as well as in developing countries. Students will be able to study how fish and plants grow as well as to design and perform experiments to investigate and research a myriad of inquiries.

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Ms. O'Brien
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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87 donors87 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 350 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Aquaponics Garden • La Loma Development Company $2,678.00 1 $2,678.00

Materials cost

$2,678.00

Vendor shipping charges

$268.00

State sales tax

$321.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$40.17

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$3,337.17

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$588.91

Total project goal

$3,926.08

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$3,926.08

85 Donors

-$3,096.04

Donations toward project cost

-$2,833.36

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$262.68

Matching donations from our partners

-$592.73

Match offers toward project cost

-$503.82

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$88.91

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$237.32

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$0.00

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