Newest Learning Tool Introduced at Burleson School

Newest Learning Tool Introduced at the Burleson School for Innovation and Education
Posted on 09/03/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Newest Learning Tool Introduced at the Burleson School for Innovation and Education The Burleson School for Innovation and Education has a new addition to on-campus job sites and learning resources. It's an inventive Aquaponic Water System and greenhouse.

Combined with the greenhouse equipped with foliage, Aquaponics is a system of growing fruits and vegetables in which a cycle is created between fish and plants. The fish provides nutrients to the plants and the plants give nutrients back to the fish.

The beauty of the system is that it’s designed for all learners and facilitates inclusionary practices for students in wheelchairs and walkers. It also provides a variety of opportunities or tasks vital for the students that the Burleson School services.

“18+ Program students can gain skills needed for employment in a similar field like Aquaponics,” said Sarah Minner, Special Education 18+ Transition Coordinator. “Aside from employment, they can learn a life-long skill or hobby they can enjoy as adults.”

The system was brought to life with the help of Edgewood employees and an Innovative Teaching Grant awarded by the Edgewood Education Foundation. Despite the challenges that COVID presents, Burleson is eager to share this new opportunity with their students in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

“COVID presents its own challenges but the opportunity to intake recent graduates and exposing them to a totally new learning environment is always exciting,” says Minner. “But seeing each student's potential and setting them up to successfully serve the EISD community is rewarding.”

For questions, contact the Burleson Center for Innovation and Education at 210-444-8103. To view a recent NEWS 4 feature of the Burleson Aquaponic System, click here.