Lasalle Secondary School has received an $8,600 grant from Lowe's to design and build a classroom aquaponic system. The grant was provided by Skills Canada through the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Program.
Design Technology and Construction Technology students developed and built the two-tier, 16-foot aquaponic system, which is now being used as part of science classes at Lasalle.
Rainbow District School Board chair Doreen Dewar commended Lowe’s for its support.
“This grant has enhanced Lasalle Secondary School’s science program, exposing students to new and exciting opportunities,” she said. “It has also provided a dynamic hands-on learning experience in design and construction that will have a long-term benefit.”
An aquaponic system is a self-sustaining ecosystem where lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and various other vegetables grow. It can also potentially harvest fish. The system will provide fresh grown vegetables for the school's breakfast club and cafeteria.
"Students are continuously engaged with the aquaponic system," said science teacher Lance Gorman. "They love getting their hands dirty growing their own food. They are learning about harvesting, eating local, and the value of creating a fresh and healthy sustainable food supply."