I know that several of you are teaching some aquaponics components in your programs. Please see information below regarding an upcoming aquaponics workshop in Alabama.
Lynn Barber, Ed.D.
South Region Agricultural Education Director
Georgia Department of Education
2802 Moore Highway, ABAC 34
Tifton, GA 31793
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Dear State Leaders,
Please see forwarded information below and the attached document regarding the Aquaponics 101 Teacher Education Workshop. Please share this information with your teachers.
Sherene Donaldson, Ed.S, CMPI
National FFA Executive Secretary
US ED Educational Program Specialist
National FFA Headquarters Operations
Agricultural Education National Headquarters
1410 King Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314-2749
Phone # (317) 802-4324
Cell # (317) 408-1338
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From: David Cline <[log in to unmask]>
Aquaponics is being utilized in classrooms across the country to excite and engage students and teachers. Aquaponics is the art/science of growing fish and plants in a symbiotic relationship in a single system. It is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. 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. There is tremendous interest in Aquaponics and aquaculture as a platform to teach real world applications of biology, chemistry, math and science. Working with an aquaponics system also requires technical skills in plumbing, carpentry and sometimes masonry. It is an excellent tool to examine the different elements of business management and marketing.
The trouble is that most teachers don’t have any training in aquaponics. The Aquaculture/Aquaponics 101 Workshop provides hands-on training and expert advice on how to start and operate an aquaponics system and provides resource materials to help integrate the knowledge into existing curriculum. Teachers will design and build a complete aquaponics system that they can take back to their school. Expert instruction is provided by faculty from Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Gadsden State Community College and the Alabama, Mississippi Sea Grant Consortium.
When: June 10-14th, 2013. 9:00am to 4:00 pm daily
Where: Gadsden State Community College
Aquaculture Development and Education Center
PO Box 227 (1001 George Wallace Drive)
Gadsden, AL 35902
Cost: $249 to attend the workshop
This includes resources that previous teachers felt were worth $400+
(Travel and living expenses not included)
CEUs: 32 hours of continuing education credits
Capacity: Due to the hands-on nature of the workshop seating is limited to 25 participants (please send in pre-registration form and $50 deposit to hold your seat – payable to GSCC address above c/o Hugh Hammer)
David J. Cline, Ph.D.
203 Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849