World Aquaculture and Fisheries Conference

October 26-27, 2020
Tokyo, Japan

J L Giovanna Hesley

Potential speaker for Aquaculture conference 2020 - J L Giovanna Hesley
J L Giovanna Hesley
BASIS Tucson Primary, USA
Title : Integrated aquaculture in the elementary school curriculum


The combination of aquaculture and hydroponics has found a strong support structurein Tucson, Arizona. Tucson has had the benefit of research professors, Kevin Fitzsimmons and Gene Giacomelli at the University of Arizona. Fitzsimmons championed aquaculture in local high schools and the Future Farmers of America clubs utilized the technology. Giacomelli ran the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center and fostered research in integrating the two systems. Local residents became interested and took up the concept in their backyards. James Ebeling moved to the area and supported local high schools as well as the community outreach programs. This author was involved in all the programs and assisted Ebeling in designing Tucson’s first commercial aquaponics facility as well as its educational outreach program for Tucson Unified School District.


Currently the author is working with elementary school children to develop and implement STEAM curriculum based on the aquaponic school garden. Examples of lessons and interactive activities will be discussed. Strategies to involve teacher, students, parents and administrators will be presented. Examples of effective school,community and commercial systems will be shared.

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