1. Wondering, Exploring, questioning
The students started the process by brainstorming and making plans on how to delve deeper into the issue of urban farming. As a group we agreed on our underlying research question: "Can urban farming of fish fulfill certain human needs such as consumption, medication, water purification, and under what conditions?" Our research helped us define our main variables - characteristics of artificially constructed environment, type of food, type of fish, and living conditions. To explore into depth the method and requirements for urban fishing, we need to visit a place in the area of Jakarta where fish is farmed. There we can investigate the environment and address our questions to the fish farmer. Our next step represents the actual visit of a fish farm to observe and collect all the information needed to be able to build such a farm on campus, replicate the conditions, and run our experiment.
Running our experiment
We separated the fish between two fish tanks and fed that on the left with pellets while the one on the right - with worms.
We selected two fishes from each of the aquariums and measured their weight in every two days in order to determine the weight gain difference between the fish fed on artificial and the fish fed on natural food.
Getting ready for our action
We started by planning engaging activities aimed at sending across our message, designing prizes and structuring our presentation.
The students designed and prepared their own promotional material and spread the word among students of lower grades about their own action - the upcoming workshop on urban farming of consumable fish
Our workshop had a great impact on all participants who got the opportunity to participate in fishing games, to win amazing prizes such as handmade bookmarks and pet fish and above all - to learn the benefits of urban farming of consumable fish. The audience was inspired by the work of our team and shared their excitement from the workshop.
Introducing the topic and why we chose to engage ourselves with it.
Once kids made their origami fish, they placed it in one of the two ponds - big origami fish goes into the pond with natural food whereas small origami fish goes into the pond with artificial food.
The audience was excited to participate in a word search game and win great prizes, such as handmade bookmarks.
Teaching the audience how to make origami fish.
At the end, everyone participated in the warming up "fishing" exercise.
The culmination of our action was the opportunity to catch your own fish and bring it home to take good care of it.