A new opportunity will soon be offered at Onalaska
thanks to one grant, one teacher and two students.
That's tonight's Assignment: Education report.
I've never done anything like this.
Neither have any of the other students currently at
Onalaska High School.
We had to saw big barrels in half.
But Senior Aaron Johnson is not doing this for shop
We started them all from seed.
He's not taking a class in horticulture either.
This is an Independent study.
And his focus is Aquaponics.
It's growing plants in a soiless medium with the nutrients
provided by fish.
So the fish waste cycles through the plants.
The plants filter out the waste and use if for nutrients
Then the water is cleaned and circulated back to the
And the whole system was researched and built by one
Onalaska High School science teacher and two of his
students who were inspired by this space just off
of the science labs.
Seeing a greenhouse that needs more life in it and
needs to get utilized a little bit more.
Half the people here don't really know there is a
They see it, but they forget about it just cause it's
But that's all changed.
These grow beds of different lettuces and tomatos
are being filled with water siphoned from this giant
of about five coy.
Then the plants will take up the nutrients right away
from the fish waste that were in the water.
The water will be siphoned back out of the grow beds
and into this blue tank.
Then there's a swirl filter in there that will take
out any heavy particles that are in the water.
The water is then sent back into the fish tank.
The only think we'll have to do is.
because of evaporation.
we'll have to replace the water that evaporates off.
Making this Aquaponics science lab almost completely
For the Earth, it's a better system.
We're not having to us fertilizer, rely on fosil
fuels and so on.
Just understand the dynamics of living organisms a
little bit better.
I would definitely do it again if we could.
In Onalaska, LK, N8.
Hanson received a seven-hundred-50 dollar grant from
the Onalaska Education Foundation to build the Aquaponics
he plans to incorporate the lab into both his biology
and biotechnology classes.
I was surprised to learn it only took the students
about three weeks to construct the lab.
And they plan to add on to it.
they are adding a floating bed onto the top of the
so they can grow plants directly above the fish which
will constantly be getting fertilized.