The Temecula Valley High School Biosustainability Club will host summer science camps for elementary and middle school students on the Temecula Valley High School campus.
Each of the one-week sessions will be held in the new aquaponics greenhouse on the high school campus. Campers will participate in hands-on scientific activities while learning lab techniques, how to document and analyze data, exploring biology and chemistry and studying the ecological balance between animals and plants in nature.
Cost is $100 per session, and students from any elementary or middle school are welcome. Registration is limited to 35 campers per week, and each camper receives a T-shirt.
Sessions run 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with a snack served at 10:15 a.m.
The first session is full. Space is available in the June 26-29 session for elementary school students and in the July 10-13 and July 17-20 sessions for middle school students.
To register, go to tvhsbio.tvgbf.club/tvhs-biosustainability-summer-science-camps/. For information, email email@example.com.
The TVHS Biosustainability Club formed in the fall of 2017. Students built an aquaponics greenhouse on campus with seed funds from a $20,000 Institute for Teaching grant. The greenhouse features four 300-gallon tilapia tanks, four grow beds and four tilapia brooding/fingerling tanks. Food grown will be donated to the Temecula Food Pantry and used in the high school’s new culinary arts program.
Under the guidance of TVHS advanced placement biology teacher Toby Brannon, biosustainability students have designed the summer camp curriculum for elementary and middle school students seeking to learn about aquaponics, sustainable farming and related topics in biology, chemistry and physics.
Aquaponics is a process that combines hydroponics and aquaculture to cultivate organic produce and fish without use of soil. Aquaponics relies on symbiotic relationships between fish, naturally occurring bacterial culture and the plants being cultivated. Students in the Biosustainability Club and the new elective class at TVHS will use proceeds from the summer camp to further expand the aquaponics system and to begin work on a photovoltaic array that will power the system.