Summer Interns: ChicagoAug 15 2012 · 0 comments · Education, K-12 Education
Three CPS students from the Calumet Is My Back Yard environmental stewardship service-learning program were funded by the Summer Youth Employment program of Chicago Public Schools and were hosted by Emmanuel Pratt, Executive director of Sweet Water and Head of Aquaponics at Chicago State University (CSU), along with members of the Aquaponics club at CSU and Sweet Water associates. Students worked for 20 hours per week from July 2nd through August 10th. Interns learned the principles behind aquaponics and were trained in various aspects of system design and maintenance, for both aquaponic systems and traditional garden beds. Their journals and final Powerpoint presentation document their process of mixing soil, seeding, reflection, journaling, cleaning pots, caring for plants, watering, transplanting, cleaning grow beds, and building a small-scale aquaponic system.
This was one of many programs run this summer, allowing students and youth from different programs to work together along with staff and mentors of varying experience and backgrounds. We hope to accommodate a larger group of interns in future summers.