School to Table
is a Workforce Development program featuring a network of Aquaponic (Controlled Environment Agriculture) installations in schools. Students learn, in Standards-Aligned lesson plans, all phases of design, installation, and operation of Aquaponic systems. The systems and curriculum are designed to support Innovative Education tracks in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and include engineering solutions for water flow, chemistry, botany, accelerating grow cycles, harvesting techniques, food safety, and wholesale distribution of the products (fish, fruit, and vegetables). Also available is programming content in small business, entrepreneurial education, nutrition and ecommerce centering on food production. What sets School to Table™ apart in the field of Innovative Education and Work Development is cross-sector partnership. Student in the School to Table™ programs learn a full spectrum of related fields that surround localized agriculture. School to Table™ also enables more young people to participate in regional economic development, providing students with:
- Paid apprenticeships
- Immersion in new technologies
- Introduction to entrepreneurship
- A head start on college learning (dual enrollment)
- The chance to be involved in business start-ups.
16 weeks of common core standardized curriculum including of worksheets, tests, experiments and teacher/ student guides
Complete Aquaponics systems or modular Aquaponic research prototypes
Scientist-in-Residency support for supplemental education and ongoing curriculum development
Integration plan for community distribution and entrepreneurial education
Advancing student skills in Agriculture and a wide array of associated STEM, business, and
ecommerce skill sets
School To Table™ is funded in part by a grant from Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.