By Urban Catch

UC at the 2050 Summit

We recently had the pleasure of taking part in the 2050 Summit. The 2050 Climate Group works with young professionals to ensure a sustainable future beyond 2050, and there was lots of interest in aquaponics and William, our star goldfish of the day!

Check out some of the great work the 2050 Climate Group is doing here.

Something Fishy at Glasgow Science Centre

This summer Glasgow Science Centre was host to one of our aquaponics systems. For two and a half months, visitors had the opportunity to see aquaponics in action in the second floor lab, and staff got to spoil the fish!

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At the end of the residency, we held a workshop for families to introduce them to the concepts of aquaponics and get some ideas about how we should grow food in the future from our budding scientists and agrarians!

Eco Day Planting Workshop

We were recently invited to facilitate planting workshops with local Primary 5 and Primary 6 classes to fit in with their Eco Day.


After a bit of a lesson from Charles about what a seed actually is and why it is that way, we launched into an investigation of Seed Identification!

Seeds can be deceptive, but all teams passed with flying colours. The game fuelled some interesting discussion around seed characteristics and how differences in seeds lead to different characteristics once they grow into plants.

Then we moved on to the planting! Students could choose between cress, spinach, or mixed greens and were taken through the planting, care, and maintenance of their plants.

We’re pleased to report that, much to the excitement of the students involved, seeds began sprouting the next week! Each student was able to take home their planted pots to share with their family along with recipe ideas to cook up their healthy treats once the time comes. We also planted several classroom systems so the students could continue to stretch their green thumbs during the school day.

Crunch Ambassador

Hey, did you know that our director, Sinéad, is also a Crunch Ambassador with the Wellcome Trust’s The Crunch Programme? That means if you’re a school wanting to get to grips with the science resource kit you’ve received, or you’d like help organising an engaging event around food, health and the planet in your community, you can get in touch! Find out more here or contact us for more information.


Aquaponics at Oakgrove

A couple of weeks ago we installed our first classroom system in Oakgrove Primary – and a great day was had by all! We’ve been developing our lesson plans over the past year, and have come up with a collection of engaging and fun lessons that range from examining the system’s bacteria under microscopes to putting on a play that allows the students to explore the delicate relationships that are essential for the aquaponics ecosystem to thrive. All of the lessons link directly into the Curriculum for Excellence, providing teachers with a dynamic classroom tool.

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We also spent the summer designing a classroom-friendly aquaponics system that features an easy to use and maintain flood/drain system. This particular tank was stocked with 2 goldfish and a selection of edible plants including lettuce, chives, nasturtium, mint, and a pineapple sage plant – looks like sage, smells like pineapple, great in salads!

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We spent the morning discussing where and how food can be grown, the aquaponics cycle, and how to care for the aquaponics system. The students also put on a play comparing the journeys of a locally grown organic apple and an imported commercially grown one – a highlight of the day for several students!

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The class will now look after the aquaponics system, including its two resident goldfish. We’ll check back in with the school periodically to see how they’re getting on, but based on the enthusiasm of the students we reckon the system is in good hands!

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