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Monday, December 11 • 12:45pm - 1:15pm
Systems Thinking and Sustainability through Aquaponics (Breakout 3) LIMITED

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The long-term goal of our program is to develop an effective approach to enable youth in learning about sustainability and water conservation and foster an educated, engaged, and resilient society capable of making informed and strategic decisions involving interconnected agricultural and biological systems. Our goal is to educate youth about systems thinking and sustainability through aquaponics. Systems thinking is an approach to problem solving that builds the capacity of accounting for complex relationships of system elements and avoiding solutions that result in future development of unintended consequences. System thinking is a key element in education for sustainability.
We have developed a curriculum that teaches middle school students about sustainability and develops their Systems Thinking skills with hands on activities using an aquaponics kit. The curriculum requires middle school students to spend approximately a total of 3 hours which are spread over a period of three weeks these activities include watching videos, playing games, drawing diagrams, and following accompanying instructions for learning enrichment. Additionally, students are engaged in 4 more hours that are spread over a period of an academic semester (i.e. two quarters). These hours are accumulated with time spent on activities such as maintaining the aquaponics system, feeding the fish, cleaning the aquarium, taking measurements, etc.

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Ashu Guru

Teaching & Learning Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Discovering the assemblage between pedagogy and computational methodologies using technology-rich learning environments I develop programs, curriculum, and modules in collaboration with faculty and discipline-based experts. Our research tends to fall in one of the following two... Read More →

Monday December 11, 2017 12:45pm - 1:15pm CST
A2 Room, First Floor, North Hallway