The use of aquaponics in a middle school classroom broadcasts not only the workings of aquaculture and hydroponics, but of ancillary issues such as food security, water quality, and sustainability. Interactive lesson plans incorporate environmental education into their curriculum, expanding the aquaponics system to include ecological and societal systems. These supplemental topics expose children at an early age of critical issues that their generation will eventually need to manage.
A guided discussion will contribute to the knowledge of this interactive learning resource. The focus will be on using aquaponics not only as innovative agricultural technology, but to relate to and explain the ecological systems taught in environmental science curriculums. Children will better understand the natural sciences when they are taught alongside aquaponics.