The 4th grade TARGET students are involved in the Adopt-A-Stream and Rivers Alive programs. Their ongoing project will consist of water quality testing on Ford’s campus. The students will be responsible for collecting data on air temperature, water temperature, and conductivity.
The Research Based Question: How have humans impacted our useable water supply will drive this six month place based/project based research activity.
The 5th grade students were asked the following Researched Based Questions on their Aquaponics Project:
1. How could using aquaponics help people after a natural disaster?
2. How could having aquaponics systems assist people in areas that are often affected by flooding and droughts?
3. How could you design and build a small classroom aquaponics system using the Engineering is Elementary Design Process?
The students are working in collaborative teams, problem solving their way through the engineering design process in order to come up with a model that the class will actually build.
The students will be growing a variety of vegetables aquaponically that will be used for collecting, averaging and comparing data, examining plant and fish cells, and testing for bacteria, microorganisms and water quality. Additionally this class of students will become mentors and peer-tutors for the 4th grade students and teachers during the last nine weeks of school.
(Updated November 2015)