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Mrs. Caraballo from Snohomish WA is requesting supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Feed And Fuel The World With Aquaponics & Algae

My students need supplies such as a tank, bulbs, tubing, to construct a working aquaponics tank to participate in Project Feed 1010, a collaborative research project with Systems Biology (ISB-Seattle).

  • $513 goal

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My Students

The premise of my program is to challenge students to make a difference in the health of the world. This project encourages and models collaboration between students and industry in an effort to address global hunger. Ultimately students understand the impact a STEM career can have upon the world.

Glacier Peak students are interested in the study and culturing of aquaponics and algae innovations that may be used as a food source to alleviate global hunger as well as for biofuels to improve sustainability.

Critical thinking and problem solving skills will be crucial as well as an understanding of the process of science. This project is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned from course work; design their own active inquiry experience; research and upload their data to a database maintained by ISB. The overarching goal is to expose students to relevant and rigorous science in a collaborative team effort between teachers nationwide and local industry(ISB). Emphasis will be on “doing” science in an effort to impact real-world global health issues. Students will conduct research on aquaponics/algae that can be used as a food source and algae that can be used for biofuels.

My Project

Project Feed 1010 is a citizen science project supported by scientists from the Institute of Systems Biology (Baliga Lab). It optimizes an aquaponics systems (aquaculture + hydroponics), which can recycle up to 98% of water and nutrients to support year‐round crop production within repurposed land, including backyards, rooftops, and high‐rises in an urban setting. My students need supplies such as a tank, bulbs, tubing, to construct a working aquaponics tank. Students will use the supplies to construct and monitor an aquaponics system and they will use this system to develop and implement their own research project. Data collected will be integrated into a network of other AQX users so that curriculum can be developed and shared. Construction and management of the aquaponics systems integrates multiple cross-cutting concepts that allow students an authentic science experience.

Students will develop the ability to take intellectual risks and very quickly understand that unexpected results are not necessarily wrong, but rather new information.

Refinement of student ability to ask good, testable questions will be emphasized as students focus on doing the science. Students will understand global health issues beyond their community. They are asking the critical question-“How can I make a difference?” This impact moves well beyond my classroom for years into the future.

Mrs. Caraballo
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Black & White Poly Film 5.5 Mil 10' x 100' • Amazon Business $73.96 1 $73.96
Rio Plus 1700 Aqua Pump - 642 GPH • Amazon Business $40.44 1 $40.44
Tuffstuff KMM100 Aquaponics Tank, Large Size • Amazon Business $32.85 1 $32.85
Apollo Horticulture 4 FT 6400K T5 Fluorescent Grow Light Bulbs - Pack of 5 • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
API Freshwater Master Test Kit • Amazon Business $22.51 1 $22.51
Botanicare Cocogro Coir Fiber Bale • Amazon Business $21.76 1 $21.76
HOMEGROWN PONICS Zym Bac # 96045 Natural Beneficial Bacteria, 8 oz. • Amazon Business $17.40 1 $17.40
AquaIron DTPA Iron Chelate - 8 oz • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Watts SVBN10 Vinyl PVC Tubing, 1-Inch by 3/4 inch by 10-Feet • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
Hydrofarm AAPA3.2L 2-Watt 3.2-LPM Active Aqua Air Pump with 1-Outlet • Amazon Business $12.21 1 $12.21
Manna Pro 0806960236 Crushed Oyster Shell for Birds, Pullet Size, 5-Pound • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
PLANT!T GMC10L Clay Pebbles 10L 4mm-16mm • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
JW Pet Company 10-Inch Coarse Smart Aquarium Net • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
NP3AB: 3 Inch Black Slotted Mesh Net Pot for Hydroponics/Aquaponics/Orchids - 25 Pack • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Jardin Aquarium Cylinder Air Bubble Stones, 5-Piece, Blue • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Bluecell Pack of 30pcs Clear Soft Suction Cup Airline Tube Holders/Clips/Clamps for Aquarium • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
HDE LCD Digital Fish Tank Aquarium Thermometer • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Lifegard Aquatics 3/4-Inch Double Threaded Bulkhead • Amazon Business $6.86 1 $6.86
Lifegard Aquatics 1-Inch Double Threaded Bulkhead • Amazon Business $6.33 1 $6.33
Genova Products 30705CP 1/2-Inch 90 Degree PVC Pipe Elbow - 10 Pack • Amazon Business $6.17 1 $6.17
Lee's Sleek Airline Tubing, 25-Foot, Black • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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