Bring a bit of the DCE Discovery Garden inside with a table top aquaponics in the DCE Library. Watch plants and fish thrive while you read books about ecosystems, fish, the environment and so much more!
Purpose and Rationale: I am asking for funding of a tabletop aquaponics system that will reside in the library. All learners at DCE will have the opportunity to observe a working aquaponics system. Learners will explore patterns, systems, and cycles within the living environment, as well as have opportunity to explore non-fiction books and digital resources related to plants and animals. This project will support collective engagment that positively impacts the lives of our learners, which is part of the CISD strategic design.
Strategy: Becuase the aquaponics system will be centrally located in the library, every grade level will benefit academically.
Once the aquaponics system and aqauriam are recieved, I will co-ordinate with 5th grade Science teacher. Lisa Anderson, for the set up and maintenance of system.
Once fish are recieved I will host a contest for 1st - 3rd grade to name the fish and select which plants to begin with.
Once the system is working, I will invite 4th and 5th grade science to do ongoing data collection on observations and display results.
Teachers will be invited to use the aquaponics system as a resource in teaching units across the curriculum.
Any food produced will be donated to the cafeteria for lunches through co-ordiantion with CISD Nutrition. Additionally, we will host "taste" testing events in the library.
External Resources: I plan to reach out across the district to see if other schools have similar systems and what strategies they use for summer maintenance. As the success grows, I plan to reach out to community partners for potential speakers.
Evaluation Summary: Success will be measure through
Teacher's utilizing the aquaponics system for leasons
Learners engaged in care and maintenance of the system
Learners curiousity leading them to checking out more books on related topcis.
Estimated Completion Date: After funds are recieved, I will have the system set up and running as well as co-ordination with educators in 2 months.