The students in our county come from a wide span of economic, racial, and social backgrounds with over 60% of our Title I school on free and reduced lunch plans. However, regardless of where they each came from, as they enter our school, they are treated with respect and loved.
Our community is blessed with a strong agriculture program at both our middle school and high school.
Students love the hands on nature of the ag programs and readily sign up for the classes.
The agriculture program at our middle school is a new program in only its second year. Student feedback is extremely positive and we are continuing to look for ways to expand and grow our program.
It is a struggle for all middle school educators to engage and peak the interest of students in this age group. Students learn best when they can actually see or have a hands on approach with a concept. An aquaponic system will give my students this hands on opportunity to learn about germination rates by observing the rate at which different plants grow in the aquaponic system. They will learn about fish anatomy by observing the different fish we use in the system, and learn more about the nitrogen cycle as we observe and discuss the ways both organisms work in a symbiotic relationship.
This aquaponic system will engage students and give them a hands on lesson on sustainable agriculture processes.
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