SWF Completes New Aquaponics Projects with Milwaukee Public SchoolsMar 27 2016 · 1 comment · Uncategorized
March 28, 2016
Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) is excited to announce the completion of aquaponics projects in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) at three high schools and two elementary schools.
During the 2015-16 school year, SWF worked with MPS teachers and students to install aquaponics systems at The Alliance School of Milwaukee, Byron Kilbourn School, Casimir Pulaski High School, Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School and Trowbridge School of Discovery and Technology.
In addition to these projects, SWF helped to reestablish an aquaponics program at Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education.
Jesse Blom, SWF Milwaukee Director, gives credit to the teachers and students who have adopted these aquaponics projects. “The teachers and students are the ones who activate their learning on a daily basis, so they deserve most of the credit. MPS is using aquaponics systems to teach a variety of different subjects in an interdisciplinary way. Working with aquaponics systems can improve students’ eco-literacy and awareness of healthy foods, and can provide meaningful hands-on work, creating a positive classroom environment. We look forward to working with MPS on these projects for years to come.”
The new projects are part of the Urban Schools Aquaponics (USA) Initiative, funded by a grant from AT&T and the NEA Foundation. Over the past two years, SWF has provided intensive, hands-on training to 15 MPS teachers on aquaponics design, construction, operation, and maintenance. SWF has worked with students, teachers and administrators to install the aquaponics laboratories, and SWF provides ongoing consultation and assistance to these schools.
Since 2010, Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) has partnered with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) on aquaponics projects at the elementary school and high school levels. SWF has trained teachers, provided supplies and materials, assisted with installation of aquaponics systems in schools, and provided direct instruction to students. In addition to the most recent projects, SWF has set up programs at Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School and South Division High School.
Aquaponics programs have grown considerably in MPS since 2008, the year the National Education Association Foundation, with help from AT&T, began supporting MPS’ Urban Aquaponics initiative with grants. The program was developed to advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education among low-income and minority students and introduce students to a sustainable form of farming.
Expanding STEM education is part of MPS efforts to close the achievement gap, one of the district’s Eight Big Ideas to accelerate student achievement.
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More information on SWF’s partnership with MPS on aquaponics initiatives can be found at the following links: