High school succes stories aquaculture program

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High school succes stories aquaculture program

  1. 1. HIGH SCHOOLAQUACULTURE/AQUASCIENCE PROGRAMS: A SUCCESS STORY AND MODEL FOR FUTURE PROGRAMS Phillip L. Waters, Jr. (P.J.)
  2. 2. Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama High School Aquaculture ProgramsBaldwin County High SchoolFairhope High SchoolAlma Bryant High SchoolCitronelle High SchoolDaphne High SchoolGulf Shores High SchoolVigor High SchoolRobertsdale High School
  3. 3. Key to Success• Engagement of students in all aspects • Building Systems • Building Structures • Managing animals – Every event positive and negative is a learning opportunity • Experienced students work with instructors to train new students • Goal: Students to take ‘ownership’ of programs
  4. 4. General Program Characteristics• The Students are… – Thoroughly engaged in decision making. • Species of interest – Which will work, Why? or Why not? • System type (recirculating, AGLP, pond, etc.) • System construction
  5. 5. General Program Characteristics– The Students are…– Responsible for water quality testing • Environmental Science, biological and chemical processes– System Maintenance, repair, adjustments • Applied mathematics (fractions)– Solutions to problems that arise
  6. 6. General Program Characteristics• The Students are… – Responsible for all feeding – Routine feeding rate adjustments • Applied mathematics (ratios/percentages)
  7. 7. General Program Characteristics• Top students come back to teach future groups of students as “Tech Assistants”
  8. 8. Inter-School Events• Great opportunity for student to take leadership roles – Students can demonstrate their understanding of materials • Public Speaking, Confidence building
  9. 9. Inter-School Success • School programs from across Alabama have interacted – Tours – Provision of species – Shared Information and training • Future expansion of network
  10. 10. Why are science & Vo-ag choosing aquaculture/aquascience?• Hands On – Students learn better in interactive programs • e.g. Effects of the nitrogen cycle can be seen by manipulating the filters• New… – Unlike anything else offered• “It doesn’t feel like school” – Learning without the stress of long lectures • Attention span is lengthened outside of the classroom
  11. 11. Why are Science & Vo-Ag Teachers Choosing Aquaculture/Aquascience?• AL Dept of Education – Aquascience can be used to satisfy science and vo- ag content standard requirements – Tremendous teaching resources available • Workshops • www.alearn.info• Students respond to the program
  12. 12. A look at the schools… Alma Bryant High School Bayou La Batre, AL• Well established (~9 years)• Largest in Alabama• Closed Recirculating System, AGLP, Pond• Primary species is Red Claw – Hatchery • Biology, Chemistry, Water Quality, System Design, Math – Nursery • Biology, Chemistry, Water Quality, System Design, Math – Grow Out • Biology, Chemistry, Water Quality, Systems Design, Math, Economics, Business Plans
  13. 13. Alma Bryant HSand Oyster Gardening • Students work with extension personnel and gardeners growing oysters for restoration • Hands on and practical application to biology, water quality, ecology, scientific method, etc.
  14. 14. Vigor High School Pritchard, AL• New Program (~1 Year)• Species Include – Sea Urchin – Pacific White Shrimp – Tilapia• Closed Recirculating Systems
  15. 15. Florala High School Florala, AL• Well established (10 + years)•Species include •Koi & Tilapia•Recirculating Systems (filtered ponds, aquaria, tanks)• Aquaponics
  16. 16. Aquaponics Option• Students use fish water to grow herbs andvegetables.• Adds botany options and expands biologyand chemistry applications.
  17. 17. Consistencies amongst programs• Every program is different – Vary in size • Range from a single aquaria to multiple ponds – Vary in focus • Fish, Plants, or both (Aquaponics) • Student’s and Teacher’s interestEach program allows students to have hands on experience in math and sciencesas well as develop interpersonal skills including teamwork, problem solving,responsibility
  18. 18. Questions?

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