This project was largely funded and supported by Memorial University/Hibernia STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Project: Teacher Inquiry Program. This professional development project is an initiative of the Faculty of Education, Memorial University, and is funded through a generous donation of Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC). This five year project (2013 – 2018) involves primary/elementary/junior high teachers from Newfoundland and Labrador who are working collaboratively as part of a teacher inquiry group.Thank you to the Eastern Regional Wellness Coalition for funding this project. The Eastern Regional Wellness Coalition is comprised of community, government and non-government groups and agencies with an interest in promoting wellness and improving the health and well being of individuals and communities in Eastern Newfoundland.
Perlwin Elementary would like to thank Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF), a Canadian non-profit dedicated to integrating sustainability education into Canada’s education system. LSF’s EcoLeague program provided funding to support this environmental/social action project.
We would also like to thank the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (ImagineAction Program), for providing funding. imagination is a program designed to facilitate teacher-student-community interaction in social action. UNESCO describes the role of education for sustainable development (ESD) as helping people “develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to make informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and for the future, and to act upon those decisions.”
Additionally, we would like to acknowledge local companies, located in the community of Winterton, Green Seafoods Ltd. and Hindy’s Home Hardware for their monetary contributions to our aquaponics project.



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STEM Aquaponics Project


Our aquaponcis project is a zero-waste system that integrates raising fish with the practice of growing organic produce in gravel and water. In this system the nitrates from the fish waste feeds the plants while the gravel filters the water for the fish. Please check out the STEM Aquaponics Project Page (on homepage) for more pictures. Please feel free to make a comment or ask a question using the “Leave a Comment” link below.


Please check out the following website for a short video about our project.

We are excited to be visiting Lester’s Farm in St. John’s to view their Aquaponics System.