California Educator

June / July 2018

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T H I S S U M M E R , elementar y and middle school students will have the chance to grow organic produce — and fish. It's all part of a new series of weeklong summer camps hosted at an aqua- p o n i c s g re e n h o u s e a t Te m e c u l a Va l l e y Hi g h School (T V HS). TVHS students designed and built the green- house this past year with seed funding from CTA's Institute for Teaching. e $20,000 grant resulted in a greenhouse that features four 300-gallon tilapia tanks, four grow beds, and four tilapia brooding/ fingerling tanks. Waste generated from more than 100 fish will feed rows of leafy greens, such as let- tuce, spinach and kale. e food will be donated to the Temecula Food Pantry and used in TVHS' new culinary arts program. e project began last fall when the TVHS Bio- sustainability Club was formed. e summer camps were part of the club's plan, as is a new biosustain- ability class coming this fall. Under the guidance of TVHS AP biology teacher Toby Brannon, students designed the curriculum for area elementary and Biosustainability students in their aquaponics greenhouse at Temecula Valley High School, which they built with seed funding from CTA's Institute for Teaching. " It's powerful to see students given the opportunity to create and to solve problems and to lead, rather than be told what to do." — Toby Brannon, Temecula Valley Educators Association High school students host summer camps in greenhouse funded by CTA's Institute for Teaching By Ed Sibby and Amy Bentley 56 CTA & You Happy Campers

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