Monday, July 23, 2018 at 8:30 AM EDT
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 3:30 PM EDT

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The College of New Jersey 
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08628

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The Center for Excellence in STEM Education 
The College of New Jersey - Center for Excellence in STEM Education 

Hydroponic & Aquaponic Farming Systems,
Grades Pre-K - 12

In this workshop, global environmental issues associated with factory farming will serve as a launching point for investigations into the structure and function of plants and aquamarine life on both the micro and macroscopic levels. This will raise simple and complex questions about the movement of matter and energy within ecosystems, along with the human impacts of the technologies used to control and optimize the lifecycle of various plants and fish found in fresh and even processed foods.  

By the end of Day One, participants will begin an engineering design challenge to create a self-contained hydroponic system for growing specific plants under unique conditions in a range of environments, each with their own set of problems. The hydroponic systems will be explored as a way to introduce engineering notebooks that can be used to carry out long-term investigations, and an iterative, evidence-based approach to designing and modeling solutions.  

By the end of Day Two, participants will be designing, constructing, and troubleshooting their own personal aquaponics systems, which can be taken back to their classrooms and scaled up or down - even on a shoestring budget - fostering iSTEM experiences linking bundles of PEs from across all four core disciplines in NGSS.

Event date: July 23 - 26, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Professional Development Hours will be provided.

Hydroponics supplies provided to all participants, included in registration fee.

Trainer Information:
Chris Anderson is the Center's lead consultant and coach for K-12 iSTEM education, and has worked with over 70 school districts, in the last four years, developing transitional programming, teacher training, curriculum, facilities and other related best practices for Next Generation Science Standards and design-based pedagogy.  Chris was a former Technology and Engineering education teacher for 10 years, grades 5-12, and spent the last 8 years working as an adjunct in TCNJ's School of Engineering. 

Disclaimer: Workshops are subject to change. Registrants will be given at least two weeks prior notice if there are any changes.