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The Aquaponics Osprey Block, led by Chemistry teacher Madi Neukirch, Math teacher Lauren Lucky, and student teacher Antonio Acuna, dove into learning all about ecosystems and their biological processes, growing plants with and without soil, and the negative impacts of traditional farming.

Teacher Lauren Lucky explained the purpose of their group experience: “The biggest takeaway for my students in hydroponics was learning how to grow our own food in the face of food security issues in the future and learning about sustainable agriculture.”

Their final project was to create their own hydroponics systems, which are now being maintained in the AHS building. Students leaving this Osprey Block now have knowledge and understanding of ecosystems and their importance.

Junior Zoey Rich shared “I grew another form of community within the Animas community through the Osprey Block by meeting new people and having time to get to know them.”


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