Last week, our STEM 2 High School students launched our school-wide STEM project, an Aquaponics system!

An aquaponics system looks something like the image below and is described by www.theaquaponicssource.com as

Many definitions of aquaponics recognize the ‘ponics’ part of this word for hydroponics which is growing plants in water with a soil-less media. Hydroponics is its own growing method with pros and cons (discussed later).Literally speaking, Aquaponics is putting fish to work. It just so happens that the work those fish do (eating and producing waste), is the perfect fertilizer for growing plants. And man, fish can grow a lot of plants when they get to work! One of the coolest things about Aquaponics is that it mimics a natural ecosystem. Aquaponics represents the relationship between water, aquatic life, bacteria, nutrient dynamics, and plants which grow together in waterways all over the world. Taking cues from nature, aquaponics harnesses the power of bio-integrating these individual components: Exchanging the waste by-product from the fish as a food for the bacteria, to be converted into a perfect fertilizer for the plants, to return the water in a clean and safe form to the fish. Just like mother nature does in every aquatic ecosystem.

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As a part of this launch, the STEM 2 students developed and taught unique lessons to the elementary and high school students, these included everything from puzzles to their own custom coded video game! The students had a great time and we look forward to their continued involvement as they learn more about these systems. Our students will be designing and building such a system to be installed in the greenhouse located in our courtyard.

If you are interested in helping, we would greatly appreciate your assistance! We need help in the following areas:

If you would like to help, please reach out to us at STEM@SMASCHOOL.ORG

Thank you for your help!

 

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Bobcat Breakfast

Tuesday, April 16, 8:00 - 9:30 AM

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Prospective families will explore our new school and learn about our academic and STEM programs, the admissions process, financial aid, and student life. Campus tours will be provided. Breakfast refreshments will be served.