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Kunkel Elementary School students again take part in Farm Show, as aquaponics ambassadors

Posted 1/16/18

At the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Kunkel Elementary School students presented their classroom project on aquaponics in partnership with INTAG (Integrated Agricultural Systems).

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Kunkel Elementary School students again take part in Farm Show, as aquaponics ambassadors

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At the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Kunkel Elementary School students presented their classroom project on aquaponics in partnership with INTAG (Integrated Agricultural Systems).

As the 2018 Farm Show approached, INTAG reached out to Kunkel teacher Janelle Brojakowski, asking if students could return to the Farm Show to be ambassadors for aquaponics again. Seventeen fourth- and fifth-graders were hosts for the exhibit Sunday, Jan. 7. They did not take their own project this year.

In science classes this year, Kunkel fourth and fifth-graders are focusing on various agricultural systems including aquaponics; hydroponics; how different LED lighting affects the growth cycle of plants (blue helps the plants grow; red makes them blossom, so having a purple light is the best); fluid dynamics (understanding how fluid behaves so you have the correct amount of pressure for water flow through the aquaponics system); the nitrogen cycle; and solar energy.

In light of these concepts, the students who were selected to present at the Farm Show were extremely interested in INTAG’s newest toy. At the 2018 Farm Show, INTAG introduced a Hydroponic Roto-Gro. The Roto-Gro rotates plants around an LED light enabling them to take in healthy nutrients to make their roots strong. The Roto-Gro can hold up to 420 plants. The students were able to view the concepts they are learning in their classroom growing before their eyes.