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Mrs. Barreto from Homestead FL is requesting supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Sustainability with Aquaponics

My students need items such as tanks, PVC tubing, air and water tubes, pumps, water quality tests, and growth media to build an aquaponic mini-farm.

  • $756 goal

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Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

This project is a part of the Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month celebration because it supports a Latino teacher or a school where the majority of students are Latino.

My Students

Environmental science is a topic relevant to every student, and we have a focus on sustainability. In order to learn about climate change, human population growth, and agricultural practices, students need first hand experience with various food production methods. Science learning comes from DOING.

My students come from an area with a high level of poverty, and on average, a low level of education.

Our magnet program school was founded with the intention to raise the quality of education in the area. We strive to provide our students with the best in science and technology, with a focus on college preparation for medical and scientific careers. Students in AP Environmental Science and AP Biology are typically highly motivated students who love a challenge. My students are taught that there are many solutions to problems, not just one right answer. They work together in teams to develop their minds and critical thinking skills, not their level of information.

My Project

Students will use the aquaponics system to investigate how the nitrogen cycle works in living systems. They will collectively develop an experiment to observe how small changes can cause large effects in the overall productivity of the system. They will collaborate with students in schools across the country working on a similar system to add to the body of scientific knowledge in aquaponics and sustainable agriculture.

Human population growth and climate change will have a drastic effect on our ability to feed the people of our world.

Current practices in industrial agriculture are unsustainable and citizens often have no idea how their food is produced, nor what is in the food they eat. Aquaponics provide a method of local sustainable agriculture and fish farming that reduce energy consumption, water use, and land area required. Teaching students aquaponics provides a local solution to a global problem.

Mrs. Barreto
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Single T5 Fluorescent Fixture with Tube, 48 inches-FLT514 • Amazon Business $37.96 3 $113.88
Hydrofarm HGTB100 1-Inch Inside Diameter Black Tubing 100' • Amazon Business $97.38 1 $97.38
Rubbermaid Commercial FG9S3100GRAY Brute Tote with Lid, 20-Gallon Capacity, Gray • Amazon Business $28.19 2 $56.38
Rio Plus 1700 Aqua Pump - 642 GPH • Amazon Business $40.48 1 $40.48
Tuffstuff KMM100 Aquaponics Tank, Large Size • Amazon Business $32.32 1 $32.32
2" X 24" X 72" Upholstery Foam Cushion Medium Density Standard (Seat Replacement , Upholstery Sheet , Foam Padding) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
API Freshwater Master Test Kit • Amazon Business $22.72 1 $22.72
HOMEGROWN PONICS Zym Bac # 96045 Natural Beneficial Bacteria, 8 oz. • Amazon Business $17.35 1 $17.35
Botanicare Cocogro Coir Fiber Bale • Amazon Business $16.50 1 $16.50
Panda Film Black & White Poly Film 5.5 Mil 10' x 10' • Amazon Business $15.13 1 $15.13
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 $13.20 1 $13.20
Manna Pro 0806960236 Crushed Oyster Shell for Birds, Pullet Size, 5-Pound • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Hydrofarm AAPA3.2L 2-Watt 3.2-LPM Active Aqua Air Pump with 1-Outlet • Amazon Business $12.43 1 $12.43
PLANT!T GMC10L Clay Pebbles 10L 4mm-16mm • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Pro Tie 33264 SAE Size 12 Range 11/16-Inch-1-1/4-Inch Mini Key All Stainless Hose Clamp, 4-Pack • Amazon Business $9.42 1 $9.42
Fish & Aquatic Supplies Silicone Sealer 1Oz (Tube) • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
NP3AB: 3 Inch Black Slotted Mesh Net Pot for Hydroponics/Aquaponics/Orchids - 25 Pack • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Schedule 40Pipe Size 1 In10ft.L • Grainger $8.16 1 $8.16
Bluecell Pack of 30pcs Clear Soft Suction Cup Airline Tube Holders/Clips/Clamps for Aquarium • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Genova Products 30705CP 1/2-Inch 90 Degree PVC Pipe Elbow - 10 Pack • Amazon Business $7.81 1 $7.81
Stanley Hardware 3-Inch Flat Corner Brace, Zinc Plated, 4-Pack #756891 • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
Lifegard Aquatics 3/4-Inch Double Threaded Bulkhead • Amazon Business $7.37 1 $7.37
Lifegard Aquatics 1-Inch Double Threaded Bulkhead • Amazon Business $6.45 1 $6.45
Lee's Sleek Airline Tubing, 25-Foot, Black • Amazon Business $6.22 1 $6.22
Male Elbow 90Insert x MNPT1 InPVC • Grainger $3.17 1 $3.17
Elbow 90Insert x MNPT34 InPVC • Grainger $2.43 1 $2.43
Dixon Valve TTB75 PTFE Industrial Sealant Tape, -212 to 500 Degree F Temperature Range, 3.5mil Thick, 520" Length, 3/4" Width, White • Amazon Business $2.00 1 $2.00

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