Education and Outreach
Streamline Aquaponics envisions healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in our changing world. We believe that through education and outreach we can support this vision. By helping incorporate aquaponic systems and other aquatic-based operations into a learning environment, we can help educators teach a spectrum of subjects but also address issues surrounding environmental and social change.
We strive to support educational opportunities for any level, from preschoolers to post-graduates. Because of the interdisciplinary nature and the technological skills required, this technology can be an effective educational tool. For example, through experiential activities and specialized programing, aquaponics can create authentic learning opportunities. There are multiple entry points for students of all abilities and interests. Concepts often studied abstractly, can be taught through hands-on activities, which can help solidify a students’ understanding of many theories and principles in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Beyond standard principles, aquaponics can be related to projects on sustainability, environmental science, agriculture, the food system, health, economics, construction, business and marketing. This programming can also emphasize careers in environmental science, conservation and the green sector. Thus, incorporating aquaponics into school curriculum offers many benefits and can serve as a launching point for rich assessment of student learning.
This programming promotes critical thinking skills and allows students to demonstrate their understanding through real world applications. Students can actively participate in projects, reflect and derive meaning from these experiences, and apply what they learn to the decisions they make in various aspects of their lives. For example, caring for fish and plants, and maintaining these systems can help empower student leadership, help develop a sense of responsibility, inspire creativity, and generate excitement.
Any aquaponic system or aquatic-based operation can be tailored to the school year or run year-round, allowing educators to present individual concepts and lessons as plants and fish grow. Systems are scalable and can be designed to meet the needs of any school, from simple aquarium-based setups to large aquaponic facilities.