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Mrs. Hayhurst from Dunlap TN is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing For The Future

My students need an aquaponic system to further their knowledge of efficient farming techniques, biomes, and ecological concepts (i.e. nitrogen cycle) in order to develop their own hydro- and aquaponic systems.

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My Students

Corn fields and cow pastures line the State Road to the high school. A student responds, "You can't grow plants with only fish and water!" Picture a student who wants to learn about aquaponics, but just can't grasp the concept of how a simple school of fish can grow their breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The students found in my classroom are "hungry" to learn and grow their knowledge by experimenting, developing, and constructing hydro- and aqua-ponic systems. The classes have already begun developing their experience with different forms of farming.

The students found in my classroom may look like farmers and live like rural farmers, but they are so much more than a simple farmer; they are the future of agriculture and the ones who will be feeding the world.

New ideas and excitement of constructing their own knowledge fuels the students of my classroom. Learning by doing is a typical sight that allows my students to make mistakes, learn from them, and grow. Even though we lack high-speed wifi and the latest and greatest technology, students are driving their own learning through research, planning, and problem solving through thoughtful project topics.

My Project

Students will be developing, constructing, and evaluating their educational knowledge of efficient growing techniques. This aquaponic kit will allow students to visualize and investigate a successful growing system. However, this system is only one way of many to grow hydro- or aqua-ponically.

The requested aquaponic system will inspire students to construct their own hydroponic or aquaponic system in order to build their knowledge of growing food for the future.

Students will be developing their own Agriscience Fair experiments, participating in a project-based learning assignment, and growing their knowledge of the future of farming. The opportunity for students to involve the aquaponic system in the classroom and FFA is only limited to the students' imaginations and determination to continue learning and refining their created systems.

This aquaponic kit will grow plants that will be nutritionally beneficial to the students and allow them to taste foods they may not have had any opportunity to enjoy. Feeding the ever growing population will be a task faced by the upcoming generations. Aquaponics is one way for students to experience non-traditional farming techniques that may be the future of farming.

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Mrs. Hayhurst
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Aquaponics Kit • Nasco $510.00 1 $510.00

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