With more emphasis than ever before on STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math) education, members of the Alabama Extension and
Auburn University faculty will hold an Aquatics 101 professional development
workshop for teachers, June 9-13, at Auburn University.
The workshop will be held at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center
in north Auburn, located at 2010 North College Street.
The training is targeted to the state’s teachers, who are
looking for an effective, hands-on learning approach to instill students with
the science and technological skills they need 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. Growing fish and plants within symbiotic
relationship in a single system is an especially effective way to impart
science and technological learning, Cline says.
“The problem is that many teachers lack aquaponics training,
which often proves to be the biggest obstacle to introducing aquaponics in the schools,”
The Aquaculture/Aquaponics 101 Workshop provides teachers
with the hands-on training and expert advice needed to design, build 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 their own aquaponics system that they can take back to their school.
Expert instruction will be provided by faculty from Alabama
Extension, Auburn University, Gadsden State Community College, and the
Alabama/Mississippi Sea Grant Consortium.
The cost of the course is $265, which includes more than
$400 worth of teaching materials.
Continuing Education Units of 3.2 for 32 hours of contact
time will be awarded.
To register online visit http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/Teacher%20Workshop/Aquaponics101Workshop.php
For information about registration, call John Freeze at
For educational contact questions, contact Dr. David Cline
at (334) 844-2874.
For a draft schedule of the workshop, visit http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/Teacher%20Workshop/documents/Draft_BrochureAquacultureWorkshop2014_AGENDA.pdf
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