Teaching the science behind aquaponics

A healthy diet is not only good for your body, it’s also good for your mind. To that end, East Lake Academy is growing its own nutritious food right on campus.

Eighth Grade Science Teacher Natalie Cothran explains, “The Aquaponics system here at East Lake Academy is a program that is involving the entire East Lake community because we are a food desert. What we are teaching the kids is the science behind Aquaponics, and how the fish form a symbiotic relationship with the food that we are growing. In case we can’t get fresh fruits and vegetables in our community.” 

Media Specialist Robin Hutchinson adds, “One of our latest projects is that we collaborated with the Steps for Families, and we helped give out 300 boxes of food to help our community. I feel like that if you are eating healthy then your brain is working better, and kids that are hungry, research has proven that they can’t learn, and so eating unhealthy, it’s not going to help fill up that hunger.”

That lesson is not lost on 8th grader Alan Simon Ambrocil. He chips in, “In the stores we are really don’t know that they are actually cleaning it well; don’t produce it well. We don’t know where it comes from. So, that’s why they made fresh food from there so that we can know that it is from there. So we don’t eat the food that (is from) somewhere we don’t even know at all.”

Read more at WDEF-DT (Andrew Harrison)


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