On February 16, 2019, the Science Mill celebrated both its 4th birthday and the grand opening of an exciting addition: a 1,000-square-foot Aquaponics Greenhouse. In this new experience, found only at the Science Mill, visitors will walk into a working aquaponics system where they can see how fish, plants and microbes work together to create healthy food. They will discover how tilapia, prawns, koi and snapping turtles provide the food to grow fruit, vegetables and tropical plants in vertical growing tubes, floating rafts and in a giant living wall. This unique ecosystem represents the technology, beauty, practicality and science for sustainable agriculture and healthy eating.
The Science Mill’s mission is to use cutting-edge technology to expand students’ understanding and appreciation of science in everyday living. The Aquaponics Greenhouse is the latest of many Science Mill experiences and exhibits that show the intersection of technology and biology.
Funding for the Aquaponics Conservatory is generously provided by the Elizabeth & Floyd McGown Charitable Fund.
Support for educational programming generously provided by HEB Tournament of Champions