ASBO Matters News Journal - Spring/Summer 2016 - (Page 16)
INNOVATIVE CL ASSROOMS
Bel Air High School Opens
New Aquaponics Lab
tudents in Mr. Hedelson's Environmental
Science II class are learning alternative
methods of food production in their
new aquaponics lab. Mr. Hedelson was
able to convert the school's conventional
greenhouse into a fully operational aquaponics
facility. "This is an incredible opportunity for
students to learn about modern agricultural
practices. They can experiment with adjusting
food, sun, and other variables to see impacts on
the fish and plant growth," said Mr. Hedleston.
The customized system was designed and
built by Burdette Industries, a local aquaculture/aquaponics company. The project was
funded largely with a grant secured with support from the Food and Nutrition Department.
The lab has several tanks for growing fish connected to planting beds currently growing lettuce. Solar powered pumps periodically flood
the plant beds with the nutrient rich water from
the fish tanks, which cleans the water and fertilizes the plants.
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This symbiotic relationship mimics a balanced
ecosystem and allows students to learn how the natural world operates without pollution. "The system
was designed with two goals in mind. Incorporate
new technology and, secondly, we wanted our students to see how the system operated," said Andrew
Cassilly, Resource Conservation Manager for the
schools. Viewing windows were installed so students can see the bio filters in action and the solar
panel mounted above the tank.
The practice of aquaponics for fish and crop production is rapidly growing in popularity. Aquaponics
farmers closely monitor their systems to maximize
production, while reducing the risk of contamination to both plants and animals. Students in the
Environmental Science II class are able to grow and
harvest crops and learn about their importance to a
healthy diet. "We are very excited to be part of such
a wonderful learning opportunity for our students,"
said Gary Childress, Supervisor of Food and Nutrition.
The project is an initiative to support both STEM
and the "Farm to Schools" programs.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASBO Matters News Journal - Spring/Summer 2016
From the President
Executive Director’s Message
Budgeting Wisely How Do You Manage What You Don’t Measure?
Financial Management Managed Print Services Help PCCPS “do More With Less”
Supplier Partnerships Benefiting From a Supplier Partnership
Risk Management Balancing the Burden of Risk Management and Compliance
Innovative Classrooms Bel Air High School Opens New Aquaponics Lab
Interactive Data Schools Can Achieve Budget Transparency Online
School Environments Keeping Eyes on the Ball(s) — Creating Healthy Indoor School Environments
Professional Development (Net)work That Conference: 15 Proven Tips to Help You
Index of Advertisers
ASBO Matters News Journal - Spring/Summer 2016