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Aquaponics: The Future of Food
$1,325 raised
100% of $1.3k goal
7 contributors
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Ended Dec 12, 2017
By Terra Nova School of Science and Sustainability
Terra Nova School School of Science and Sustainability is a science options school, where students learn applied Chemistry and Field Biology. We are asking for funds that allow students to design and build their own Aquaponics System.

Terra Nova School of Science and Sustainability is a science options school, where students from six Beaverton high schools learn applied Chemistry and Field Biology. 

We work together to grow and cook organic food, practice self-sufficiency and promote sustainability. Our unique 1.5 acre farm, kitchen, and wood shop provide an ideal environment for students to educate themselves and their peers within a project based framework.

With this money, students will be able to apply the knowledge they are gaining about aquaponics and build their own systems. Aquaponics is the growing of crops in a nutrient-rich water produced by fish.  In groups of 3 or 4, students will design their own system, build the system, and troubleshoot any problems that come up. Their goal is to build and design a system that will maximize food growth while minimizing costs and inputs into the system. From this project they will learn about sustainability, alternative crop growth methods, water use and conservation, ecosystem dynamics, and much more. It is important they learn how an aquaponic system represents an ecosystem. This can also be scaled up to teach them how the earth is a giant ecosystem and has many dynamic parts.

We humbly ask for your help in funding this project. STEM, project-based learning is an extremely effective method of teaching students about a multitude of topics. This will prove to be an invaluable learning experience that will give them knowledge and expertise to further their education and obtain life skills for post high school.

We will need: 

$500 for lumber

$300 for fish tanks

$150 for containers to grow the plants

$75 for fish

$100 for pvc piping

$200 for water pumps

We hope you will join us in creating this hands-on, learning experience!

This project is supported by the Beaverton Education Foundation.

Founded in 1988, the Beaverton Education Foundation raises money to provide hands-on innovative academic enrichment and advancement programs & projects that go beyond normal school funding at all Beaverton public schools and is a 501(c)(3) community-based nonprofit organization. BEF mobilizes community resources to fund innovative classroom, summer and after-school programs.

In the event that this project does not reach its goal, BEF may apply the funds received to another project in need.

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