AQUAPONS TuesdayJul 18 2013 · 0 comments · AQUAPONS, Education
On AQUAPONS Tuesdays, Sweet Water Foundation hosts students at our Chicago site who have interests ranging from public health to entrepreneurship to nursing to professional athletics.
Our international network of AQUAPONS exposes students to careers in the green economy, people who have created their own jobs, and the expansive possibilities attached to an open-source education.
Sweet Water hosts students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHAS), Simeon Academy, the CSW Career Academy, Community Christian Alternative Academy, CICS Larry Hawkins, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey City College, Kennedy-King City College, Chicago State University, the University of Chicago, and other schools in Milwaukee and Chicago on a regular basis.
Every week, Sweet Water Foundation-Chicago hosts “AQUAPONS Tuesday,” a summer confluence of students from public, private, charter, and parochial schools who practice aquaponics. These students are also beta testers of Sweet Water Foundation’s AQUAPONS website, an online aquaponics educational platform that enables students to work within a self-directed, self-paced aquaponics curriculum and earn badges.
The cross-pollination of students from North Lawndale, Bronzeville, Englewood, and many other Chicago neighborhoods yields a creative and vibrant network of AQUAPONS who are rapidly gaining skills and building innovation in the areas of Design & Build; Water; Fish; Plants; and Community, Environmental, & Economic impact.
Every AQUAPONS Tuesday, students visit Sweet Water Foundation’s Chicago aquaponics site, a converted shoe warehouse near Chicago State University. Each week looks different, depending on where students find themselves in the AQUAPONS curriculum and what opportunities arise from our international community of AQUAPONS.
Last Tuesday, we dialed into a call from Sweden’s Summer of Soil conference. The roomful of people in Sweden (including Sweet Water Foundation’s Nick Montezon) were especially interested in the kinds of things that the 20 students at Sweet Water Foundation’s Chicago site plan to leverage to create jobs, opportunities, and thriving communities in the Rust Belt.
Sweet Water hosts students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHAS), Simeon Academy, the CSW Career Academy, Community Christian Alternative Academy, CICS Larry Hawkins, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey City College, Kennedy-King City College, Chicago State University, the University of Chicago, and other schools on a regular basis.
The AQUAPONS badge program is part of the Chicago Summer of Learning and has been funded through the Digital Media and Learning Competition held in conjunction with the Mozilla Foundation and supported by the MacArthur Foundation.