Mid-Pacific Institute Aquaponics Project

By: Tawnya Sawyer

Using aquaponics as an educational tool is something that we are quite passionate about at The Aquaponic Source. Aquaponics is an amazing way to teach biology, physics, chemistry, ecology, and more via a single, integrated system. But when you add Entrepreneurship to the mix it is irresistible! So when a group of 9th graders from the Mid-Pacific Institute Aquaponics program in┬áHonolulu, HI approached us about helping them to launch their new product idea we told them we would be happy to lend a hand. What follows is their story…


Mid-Pacific Institute AquaponicsWe, as a small band of ninth graders, have created a system that not only allows you to grow your own, clean food, but also endows you with the crucial experience of what an aquaponics system truly is – a route to sustainability.

Our journey started over half a year ago; as a class immersed in project based learning, over time we refined our rough design so it would appeal to a wide range of people, regardless of how invested in aquaponics they are. Some flaws occurred, but we persistently worked towards perfecting our prototype so that with the minimum amount of space, we could have the maximum efficiency. The aspect that sets our bin apart from anything on the market is its versatility. Our bin can expand to fit a plethora of sizes for your very own fish tank. This is because we have integrated slider technology into the field of tabletop aquaponics bins. This allows you to be able to easily install our bin onto one of your fish tanks of virtually any size, without the hassle of purchasing a new one.

aquaponics project Living in Hawaii, we have seen both sides of the spectrum of sustainability, we have lived through some of the most dramatic changes in our pollution management, and it has opened our eyes. We aim to promote aquaponics and moreover, sustainability on a global scale; with our dedication we can only hope that we will be chosen as the best group in our ninth grade class to progress to the next stage and represent our aquaponics bin on a national scale: first by launching a Kick Starter campaign to fund the industrialized production of our bins, as well as to raise awareness of our product worldwide.

We would greatly appreciate if you would join hands with us along this journey, and support us by any means you see fit. We can be contacted at bryson.yoshimi2016@student.midpac.edu or you can visit our Facebook page.

Thank you so much for the support and we wish you the best of luck on any of your future aquaponic related endeavors.


To watch the progress of this group, and others, in the competition and to learn more click here.