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'Classroom Aquaponics'

Classroom Aquaponics is an easy way to bring food production and biophilia into the schoolhouse. The system incorporates educational outcomes and soft skills in a hands-on, group experience that lasts the entire school year. This educational system has three separate plans (varying in degree of difficulty and size) made specifically for PK-3rd, 4th-8th, and 9th-12th. The systems have appropriate NGSS and agriculture outcome aligned lessons in an overarching unit, which can easily be expanded upon. Participants will be provided a QR code that has access to the schematics and a unit of aquaponics lessons (at appropriate grade level

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Michael Bechtel
Email: Michael.Bechtel@wartburg.edu
Speaker Order: 1
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Primary Presenter
State: Iowa
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Main Phone: 3198836741
Biosketch: Dr. Michael Bechtel is currently the Science Education professor in the Biology Department of Wartburg College. His undergraduate degree was a BA in biology/ secondary education, minor in chemistry, and teaching endorsements in physics, physical science, and general science. He received his ME-PD in Secondary Sciences with an action research project on animals in the classroom. He attained his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (also Director of Instruction, Principal, and Superintendent licensure). Mike has taught in three states (Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin), five school districts, and five post-secondary institutions. He taught at the secondary level for 19 years but switched to the undergraduate level (last 5 years) to teach teachers. He is currently involved in research involving biophilia, active learning, herpetology, self-efficacy, and long-term concept retention. He was raised on a farm in Northeast Iowa and has brought his love for the land and animals into every aspect of his life.
Organization/Affiliation: Wartburg College (Science Education)
Eric Berns
Email: Eric.Berns@wartburg.edu
Speaker Order: 2
Author Order: 2
Person Type: Presenter 2
State: Iowa
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Main Phone: 3192699013
Biosketch: Eric Berns is the Biology Lab Coordinator for Wartburg College. His biosketch soon to follow ...
Organization/Affiliation: Wartburg College
Zack Pogozrelski
Email: Michael.Bechtel.science@gmail.com
Speaker Order: 3
Author Order: 3
Person Type: Presenter 2
State: Iowa
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Main Phone: 3193528380
Biosketch: Zack is the previous undergraduate student that has been working on the aquaponics system. He is the 2nd in line from 2016-2018 (over 4 years, 2014-2016) and we are phasing into the next researcher (2018-2020). The new researcher's biosketch will be soon to follow ...
Organization/Affiliation: Wartburg College