With the start of a new year, most of us will start a new project! I am one of many students who will be starting something new this semester! Instead of trying to create a Blanket Belt, I will be attacking the issue of building an aquaponics system for my own school! When choosing my new project I knew I wanted to do something to give back to the school that gave me so much. I thought about multiple ideas of possible projects, but it wasn’t until my teacher Ms. Miesner gave me the idea to create our school’s very own aquaponics system. When I heard this I thought it was a great idea, especially since I took Environmental Science the year before and already have some background knowledge.
In the picture above is a sample of an aquaponics system. The dictionary definition of an aquaponics system is a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture in a symbiotic environment. The system is set up to survive on its own. The plants at the top and fish at the bottom are able to give each other the nutrients the other needs to survive without much intervention from human outside sources. Sunlight remains a huge factor in the growth of this system, just as any other plant life.
For homework from my last class I decided that I would find four resources for research for the future of my project. Before doing that I’m going to make a list of things I already know about aquaponics systems. While I already know some information, I do not know everything. So far from what I’ve learned is that there are different types of aquatic animals and plants that can be used for these systems. Although multiple aquatic animals and plants can be used, not all can be used. Since the plants are not in regular dirt or soil, they must be able to grow in the water that the fish live in. Through my research I hope to find a variety of animals and plants to put in our own schools system.
Over the next few weeks I plan to do as much research as I can so that I will be able to create an aquaponics system for our school that will be a place for plant growth and a place for students to use for studying.