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“Plug-in-&-Play” Aquaponics

Resilience through A Citizen Sensing Network

SWF and Agape Werks will merge AQUAPONS and Robotics to create ‘plug-in-and-play’ open-sourced aquaponics kits.  Workshops will guide youth through the learning/making process and their work will be showcased at a PNNM event as an extension of CCOL.

The “Plug-in-and-Play” Aquaponics program is rooted in a cross-pollination of SWF’s AQUAPONS and Agape Werks’ IKI programming, with a particular focus on the apprenticeship and mentorship along with the digital badge-based assessment and credentialing framework. All individuals who progress through the levels of apprenticeship are required to both demonstrate evidence of learning as well as support other learners along the way, which in turn creates and sustains reciprocal levels of engagement by participants in the program.  The proposed program builds upon this proven programming model by offering yet another dynamic dimension of youth driven data and open-sourced citizen science.  The programming will also be a premier demonstration of the potential cross pollination of digital badging in an attempt to help further add value to the currency of digital badges.
SWF and Agape Werks have collaborated on a number of initiatives, highlights have include NY World Maker Faire, MSI’s Art of Science Food Justice Initiative, and HIVE Maker Parties.  Both organizations have facilities to accommodate up to 50 students in a safe environment that will stimulate learning and collaboration.  Workshops and programming led by SWF will take place at the Perry Ave Think-Do House and those led by Agape Work’s  will be conducted at their maker space at Ford City Mall.

Lead Organization:
Sweet Water Foundation

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Project Goal:
SWF and Agape Werks will merge AQUAPONS and robotics programming to create ‘plug-in-and-play,’ open-sourced aquaponics kits. Approximately 30-40 youth will engage in a series of 6 workshops that guide participants through the end-to-end process of building aquaponics systems equipped with automated monitoring capabilities. Hands-on, interactive workshops will be led by experienced trainers to educate participants on STEAM principles required for the construction/ maintenance of the systems. Participants will use Google Sketchup to create 3-D models, an Arduino platform to develop monitoring systems, and a variety of tools (e.g. Google docs) to document their experiences. SWF’s AQUAPONS employs a connected learning strategies via an apprenticeship model, whereby all individuals are required to support other learners along the way, which in turn creates and sustains reciprocal levels of engagement by participants in the program. IKI projects are Interactive, Kinetic, Intelligent, or any combination of the three. Final work products will be showcased at a PNNM event.

Project Tags:
2015 Round 1 RFP

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