HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Tokyo, Japan or Virtually from your home or work.

3rd Edition of
World Aquaculture and Fisheries Conference

May 24-25, 2023 | Hybrid Event
WAC 2023

J L Giovanna Hesley

J L Giovanna Hesley, Speaker at Aquaculture Conferences
BASIS Tucson Primary, Tucson, United States
Title : Industry teams-up with educators to develop classroom urban, Indoor, And innovative farming


After three years teaching Engineering and Aquaponics at the elementary school level, Ms. Hesley has stepped away from the classroom and taken her skill set to a larger venue. She is now a part of CropKing, Inc. who are working with the Ohio State University Department of Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences on projects engaging youth in Controlled Environment Agriculture. CropKing provides equipment and expertise that support the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Hesley will share their plans to bring controlled agriculture education to young people so they have the skills to create careers in small-scale and artisanal urban, indoor and innovative farming using hydroponics and aquaponics. Teachers and administration in one of the most heavily populated counties in Ohio are collectively developing the curricula to advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, critical thinking, and communication skills to help with food security, nutrition, alleviating poverty, and natural resource sustainability. Ms. Hesley looks forward to sharing the successes and challenges in developing this partnership with industry and education at the WAC 2023.. The audience will learn: -how to develop a team to carry out Controlled Environment Agriculture education at the elementary, middle, and high school level. -how to create curricula to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through aquaculture. -how to involve industry to help youth develop careers in agriculture and aquaculture. -where to seek financial assistance. The audience will be able to use what they learn by implementing these techniques to develop an entrepreneurial workforce that can solve problems related to food security, nutrition, alleviating poverty, and natural resource sustainability. By sharing our successes and challenges as we develop our program statewide and then nationally, we hope the audience will be able to develop this type of education program themselves throughout the aquaculture community. Our research may help other faculty to expand their research or teaching by showing that by involving industry and education, together with supportive administration, young people will choose careers in aquaponics and agriculture, especially in the controlled environment in urban regions. This presentation will provide a practical solution to helping with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


J. L. Giovanna Hesley is working with elementary school children to develop and implement STEAM curriculum based on the aquaponic school garden.