EcoQube Educating Kids about Self Sustaining Ecosystems
In our modern environments, rarely do we get to interact with living things. We’ve gotten so disconnected with our food and the place we live on- Earth. We try to incorporate gardening and outdoor activities into our lives but our typical work and home environments are almost completely sterile.
The EcoQube C is a living ecosystem for your home or office. The aquaponics filter that turns the waste from the fish into fertilizer for the plants, and includes a UV lamp for sterilizing the water and a full-spectrum LED light for boosting the growth of the plants, no matter what the light levels happen to be.
This aquaponics kit is built by Aqua Design Innovations(ADI), and is the product of years of experience in building aquatic ecosystem aquariums. They believe that their EcoQube can deliver both the concept and the beauty of aquaponics to a larger audience, and thereby show that aquaponics is the wave of the future of food and water:
Aquaponics is a clear solution to address many issues of water and food shortages all over the world and we hope the EcoQube can help bring this incredible yet simple solution into our everyday lives and influence the way we perceive the larger issues in the world today. We know there are these horrific things happening but we’ve been so disconnected with our environment and the negative impacts we make with our everyday decisions.
According to ADI:
Aquaponics is a way to grow food, raise fish and filter water in almost any weather as long as there is light. It also saves 90% or more of the water used, eliminate the 1 billion pounds of pesticides and fertilizers yet double their productivity in half the amount of space. It’s where fish is raised in the same body of water as vegetables. Unlike hydroponics, the fish produce fertilizer for the plants and the plants act as filters for the fish to create a recycling ecosystem. It’s simple, the Mayans and Chinese have been using aquaponics for thousands of years but why has aquaponics disappeared especially when we need it most? We surveyed 500 people in San Diego and UCSD including professors and students. Unfortunately, only 39 knew what aquaponics is and out of the 39, only 6 could explain the benefits of aquaponics.
Aqua Design Innovations’s goal is to bring aquaponics back to as many people as possible. Our first product, the EcoQube, is a desktop ecosystem using mint and basil to filter aquarium water. It will turn any body of water into a sustainable hydroponics system and any aquaculture system into a recycling aquaponics system producing both protein and vegetation. Packaging aquaponics in the form of an aquarium automatically makes it incredibly accessible to diverse markets and gives this revolutionary concept incredible reach.
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Note from Classroom Aid team: This post is requested by ADI, we’re not affiliated with ADI in any way. The purpose is to support young start-ups that wants to do good to benefit humans and educate our next generation. It comes with a K-12 curriculum that ADI put together with a local non profit about the science behind self sustaining ecosystems.