Meriden aquaponics firm, CREC to provide classroom training


Meriden aquaponics technology firm Trifecta Ecosystems Inc. is partnering with the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) to introduce the field of aquaponics to students in Connecticut schools.

Trifecta will use three different-sized aquaponics systems to teach students fish feeding and plant harvesting. A Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curriculum will complement the hands-on instruction, CREC and the company said.

CREC and Trifecta also said they will provide training and professional development workshops to help educators use the systems effectively in the classroom.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

"Our partnership with CREC will allow us to cultivate new, impactful learning opportunities, while also making it clear that Connecticut is a leader in the education technology movement," said Eric Francis, chief development officer at Trifecta.

As of late last year, 19 states, along with the District of Columbia, had adopted NGSS standards, representing more than 35 percent of U.S. students. The standards aim to combat ignorance of science, create common standards for teaching, and foster a greater interest in science among students so that more of them choose to major in science and technology in college.