Schools are embracing Aquaponics in great numbers through their STEM Programs, and we are affiliated with the above STEM Organizations. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and it's becoming a very hot topic among educators. STEM utilizes a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in these four disciplines with a hands-on, interdisciplinary rather than isolated approach.
That's why Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems are so popular. Aquaponics is a food growing technology that puts these disciplines all together in one subject, and it's definitely hands-on--wet hands, gritty hands, fishy hands, busy and happy hands.
Students first have to learn about the Nitrogen Cycle, which is the biogeochemical cycle that converts nitrogen into various chemical forms as it circulates among the atmosphere and terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
This Nitrogen Cycle has everything to do with the important Water Chemistry in an Aquaponics System. So students have to do regular Water Chemistry Measurements, water pH Measurements, and if their school can afford the expensive meter, Dissolved Oxygen Measurements, which all involve Math.
They learn about Fish and Plant Biology, which can include the structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, identification and taxonomy (classification) of both the Fish and Plants they are growing.
They learn about how the two components of this ecosystem in their classroom work and how their Aquaponics STEM Food Growing System was engineered. They see how the water flows through the system and how the siphons move it in and out of the Grow Beds. They also learn how to keep their Aquaponics STEM Food Growing System maintained and in balance so it all works smoothly to grow out healthy Fish and Plants.
All this goes together to create a perfectly integrated STEM learning environment. But the most important thing that is the result of all this interdisciplinary STEM learning is this: They Learn To Grow Food!