Auburn, Alabama—With more emphasis than ever before on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, members of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University faculty will hold an Aquaponics/Aquaculture 101 professional development workshop for teachers, June 6 to 10, at Auburn University.
The workshop will be at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center in north Auburn, located at 2101 North College Street. This will be the 18th year we have held the workshop and have trained more than 450 teachers from around the country to use aquaculture and aquaponics as a teaching platform.
The training is targeted to teachers who are looking for an effective, hands-on learning approach to instill students with the science and technological skills to compete in a 21st century knowledge economy, according to Dr. David Cline, Alabama Extension aquaculture resources specialist and workshop organizer.
“Aquaculture education is increasingly employed in schools across the nation to educate young people in STEM-related fields. In the view of an increasing number of educators, growing fish and plants within symbiotic relationship in a single system is an especially effective way to impart science and technological learning,” Cline said.
“The problem is that many teachers lack aquaponics training, which often proves to be the biggest obstacle to introducing aquaponics in the schools,” Cline added.
The Aquaculture/Aquaponics 101 Workshop provides teachers with the hands-on training and expert advice they need to start and operate an aquaponics system in their school. Participants are also provided with the resource material to integrate this knowledge into existing curricula.
In the course of the training, teachers will design and build an aquaponics system that they can take back to their school.
Expert instruction will be provided by faculty from Auburn University, Alabama Extension, Gadsden State Community College and the Alabama/Mississippi Sea Grant Consortium.
The cost is $275, which includes more than $400 worth of teaching materials.
Continuing Education Units of 3.2 for 32 hours of contact time will be awarded.
For more information visit the web page.
For information about registration, call Jeff Dyal at (334) 844-5817 or register online .
For educational contact questions, contact Dr. David Cline at (334) 844-2874.
For a draft schedule of the workshop, Click Here