AEMs: Class of ’15 Jade showing off the basil plants she just added to her group’s Aquatic Ecosystem Model Jelani doesn’t like to be distracted from his intense work. Data collection is a core skill that students learn from the start. Measuring physical-chemical parameters takes a lot of team work – another emphasis of the MBRP. 10 Grade MBRP Skill: Germinating basil seeds hydroponically Skill: Measurement of all AEM components Skill: Flourite and gravel substrates stimulate detritus and waste transformation Skill: Measuring Ammonium Chloride with a digital balance to kick start nitrification AEMs Undergoing Nitrification Beautiful basil plants growing from the Nitates produced by the AEM’s bioreactor. Basil roots growing in the AEM’s nutrient rich water solution. Vertebrates, invertebrates, and algae are among the ecosystem components of the AEM. Skill: Adjusting the AEM’s pH Skill: Graphing AEM water quality results Team Work! Skill: Data entry for water quality and plant growth rates Skill: Microscopy for identifying the AEM’s algae and protozoans Skill: Disinfecting AEMs for the next group Students are never happy when they have to part with their systems.