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aquaponics1.jpgWith 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,” Cline says.

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

For information about registration, call John Freeze at (334) 844-5100.

For educational contact questions, contact Dr. David Cline at (334) 844-2874.

For a draft schedule of the workshop, visit



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