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).
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.
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.
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