Middle Schoolers learn how to grow fish and crops in new lab

Middle Schoolers learn how to grow fish and crops in new lab

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Students at Brookstown Middle School are learning how to raise fish and grow crops at the same time. This project is a partnership between ExxonMobil and Foundation for East Baton Rouge Schools to develop STEM skills.

The $300,000 project, funded by ExxonMobil, is called Aquaponics Lab. Experts said the students will conduct experiments on their own in an effort to develop STEM-based skills like critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Aquaponics is the technique of raising fish and growing crops together in a closed-loop ecosystem. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish.

A representative will ExxonMobil said the fish will then be sold by a local seafood company, Tony's Seafood.

EBR Superintendent, Warren Drake said this is a proud moment for the students to use creative thinking. "The research, the experiments, all they've been able to do so, will be done on a continuing basis. This is an opportunity like no other."

This lab is the first of its kind for the state.

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