Auburn’s Aquaponics 101 workshop will give teachers new way to bring science into the classroom

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – “Aquaponics 101: Teaching with Tilapia and Tomatoes, ” is a workshop for teachers that will provide them with a new way of introducing science and technology into their classrooms. The workshop, taught by Alabama Extension and Auburn University faculty, will be held June 9-13 at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center at 2010 N. College St. in north Auburn.

Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics – the art and science of growing fish and plants in a symbiotic relationship in a single system. The fish are fed a high quality prepared diet and their waste is used as fertilizer to grow plants. The plants in turn act as a filter to clean the water that can be returned to the fish tank.

During the workshop, teachers will design and build their own aquaponics systems that they can take back to their schools. Participants will receive the resource materials to integrate this knowledge into existing curricula. Expert instruction will be provided by faculty from Alabama Extension, Auburn University, Gadsden State Community College and the Alabama/Mississippi Sea Grant Consortium.

“Alabama’s teachers want an effective, hands-on learning approach to help students develop the science and technology skills they need to compete in a 21st century knowledge economy,” said David Cline, Alabama Extension aquaculture resources specialist and workshop organizer. “Aquaponics is already being successfully used in schools across the nation to educate young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – the STEM-related fields.”

The cost of the course is $265, which includes more than $400 worth of teaching materials. Continuing education units, or CEUs, of 3.2 for 32 hours of contact time will be awarded. Register online at http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/Teacher%20Workshop/Aquaponics101Workshop.php. For information about registration, call John Freeze at (334) 844-5100. For educational contact questions, contact David Cline at (334) 844-2874. For a workshop schedule, go to http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/Teacher%20Workshop/documents/Draft_BrochureAquacultureWorkshop2014_AGENDA.pdf.

(Contributed by Jim Langcuster.)

Contact: Jim Langcuster, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, (334) 844-5686 (langcjc@auburn.edu),
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)