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.