Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Fourth and fifth graders from Moody Elementary School recently paid a visit to the Aquaculture Research Station at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to learn the basics of fish production. They visited six stations and heard from staff on topics such as plankton, fish nutrition and catfish spawning.
In a session on water chemistry students learned how to detect fish waste in water that appeared to be clean. During hands-on demonstrations, the students learned how fish feed is made, fed hybrid catfish in a pond and held Nile tilapia.
“Not all learning needs to be done at school,” Bauer Duke, Extension specialist at the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, said. “Field trips allow students to tie the ‘real world’ into their studies. We try to provide an environment where students can have a new experience and bridge it back to their classroom.”
Though students may have learned about osmosis in science class, they may have never seen it in action, he said. Demonstrations remind students about the principles they already know and help them understand that what they learn in class occurs on a daily basis.
“We had a great time on the field trip,” Kim Gober, counselor at Moody Elementary, said. “Field trips like this provide hands-on experiences and live demonstrations of concepts taught in the classroom. Our fourth and fifth graders attended this field trip for the past three years. The tour is very educational and we plan to continue participating in the future.”