System Design — Junior Apprentice

Welcome to the System Design Skill Badge!


This badge ensures that you know the basic role and importance of fish within an aquaponics system.


System Design may be the most important part of creating a healthy aquaponics ecosystem. Learning about system design gives us an understanding of a systems thinking approach.


Before starting, please become familiar with the following:



Begin learning about the role of system design in an aquaponics system by completing the Activities below.


Earning this badge should take about 2 to 4 hours of work.

Learning Objectives

After earning this badge you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic ecological principles of aquaponics
  • Identify system components and explain their function
  • Understand reasons for the variety of system designs
  • Design a basic 1-55 gallon aquaponics system

Please click on the activities below to work on your System Design skills badge.

Badge Outline ↕

In order to earn this badge, you must complete these Activities:

Design your system

Create Materials List

System Design Self Assessment