EcoLife – Eco-Cycle Aquaponics Kit & Aquaponics Education
What differentiates ECOLIFE’s ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit from similar products is the educational curriculum that is paired with the system to create an integrated aquaponics teaching kit that is perfect for schools K-12.
Executive director William Toone founded ECOLIFE Conservation, an organization dedicated to a world in which humans and nature live harmoniously. Established in 2003, ECOLIFE was created to help fill this important gap by using conservation as a tool—not only to protect our remarkable natural world—but also to protect and improve human lives.
ECOLIFE provides aquaponics education for schools with a combination of their aquaponics systems and accompanied curriculum. Their educational programs include a K-12 STEM curriculum that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards. ECOLIFE has provided their aquaponics systems to over 500 classrooms making them a leader in aquaponics education.
ECOLIFE provides teachers two options when choosing an aquaponics systems. The first option is the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Education Program, which includes a ‘plug and play’ aquarium conversion aquaponics kit with an accompanied educational curriculum perfect for teachers who want an engaging in-class experience. The ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit, a ‘plug and grow’ system, converts a standard Tetra 20 gallon glass aquarium (other aquariums with the same dimensions are compatible) into an indoor garden that enables the user to grow organic produce or ornamental plants in their home.
The second option teachers can choose offers a more complex and involved experience for students. Teachers can apply for the ECO-Garden Program, which allows their students the opportunity to design, engineer, budget and build an outdoor aquaponics system.
The Aquasprouts Aquarium Aquaponic Garden converts a standard 10 gallon glass aquarium into a aquaponics system. It has a sleek, compact design that would improve the feel of any room in the house. The system itself is very easy to setup and requires little maintenance making it a great product for those with no knowledge of aquaponics who wish to learn. Aquasprouts Aquarium Aquaponic Garden would be a beautiful addition to anyones home but don't expect to grow much food. The grow bed is large enough to comfortably grow leafy greens, herbs, or smaller vegetables but this product is more of an educational tool or an art piece than a functional garden.
“This system turns a fish tank into an aquaponic garden, a perfect tool to explore how our natural environment works: fish waste fertilizes the plants, and the plants filter the water in the tank.”
- The New York Times
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