|Aquaponic is a food production system that combines hydroponics and aquaculture by allowing the chemical nutrients needed for hydroponic plant (vegetable) growth to be replaced with fish waste. The size of the aquaponic can range from a desktop size to a cupboard size. It can be small enough to sit on a desk or table for the purpose of creating an in-house diverse learning setting in a space limited classroom environment. With a small footprint, aquaponic is an excellent tool to demonstrate the concept of a balance ecosystem by demonstrating the return of the aquaculture waste for the vegetable growth.
This program is designed to improve science education by integrating hands-on learning with aquatic and hydroponic science. This is an ideal method to teach science in a fun and innovative way.
This family friendly workshop allows participants to DIY their own unique aquaponic system for learning the complex symbiotic interaction of various components in our ecosystem. Through learning to balance the harmonious relationship between the aquatic organisms and the plants, the users will gain insight to the importance of environmental protection.
The aquaponic system incorporates one integrated system that grows fish and plants together. The fish waste provides organic food source for the growing plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. Aquaponics takes advantage of the benefits of fish waste and removes the drawbacks of fish waste which is a good example of sustainable living.
Food waste is a prevalent issue in Hong Kong with an astonishing figure of 3000 tonnes of food waste being disposed daily at the near-capacity landfills. In order to tackle this problem from its root, Reconnect develops students’ understanding of food loss minimisation at a pre-consumer level, by encouraging them to develop a habit of taking food inventory and food donation.
To do so, we ran a behavioural challenge program taking a course of 21 day at our partnership schools which is designed to instill good environmental habits pertaining to taking inventory of food items at home . A fun online game was developed for the students to donate food online to save the animal characters in the game. The online program scored the performances of the students as a measure of their effort. Concurrently, the students who signed the charter to donate food items online were encouraged to commit to their chartered statement. Over 450 primary students joined the program and as a result of this behavioural changing program, 56 students donated non-perishable items such as can food/packaged food. The collected non-perishable food items were sent to charitable organisations such as Tuen Mun District Women’s Association. A ceremony was held to reward the students who performed well in the online game and also shared their surplus resources. Great success was ascertained through this program as the program provided a platform for the students to donate food items which otherwise would have been sent to the landfill.
Set 1 HKD250
Size: 11.5 x 11 x 14.8 cm (WxDxH) with
High Transparency Clear Plastic
Set 2 HKD450
Size: 19 x 21 x 10 cm (WxDxH)
Set 3 HKD550
Size: 18.5 x 18.5 x 24 cm (WxDxH)
with High Transparency Clear Plastic and Filter