Dottke Project-Based Learning High School’s Aquaponics Lab Is Now Up and Running

Dottke Project-Based Learning High School’s Aquaponics Lab Is Now Up and Running
Posted on 03/01/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Dottke Project-Based Learning High School’s Aquaponics Lab Is Now Up and RunningTransforming physical spaces to promote authentic learning experiences for all students, things are busy at Dottke Project-Based High School.  One such renovation began during the 2019-20 school year, turning the boys locker room into an Aquaponics Lab, named “The Cove.”  
According to Principal, Greg Goelz, “Aquaponics is the utilization of fish to generate fertilizer for the growing of crops.  One of our retired teachers, Peter Kraker, has taken the lead on our Aquaponics Lab project.  He’s helped to transform a dated, dark and dingy locker and shower room to a dazzlingly-bright and spacious learning center filled with sound, color and new equipment.   The lab has several systems running through the water-cycling stage some of which are already stocked with fish.”
“The space is nearly complete,” said Kraker.  “I’ve been working with small groups of students to finish the project and let them put their own personal stamp on it. 
“It’s been amazing to have Mr. Kraker here driving this work,” says principal, Greg Goelz. “So many of our students have fallen in love with The Cove from the very moment they saw it and now gravitate towards spending time there, whether for a class or during their free time.  I can’t wait to see how this all-school project will be integrated with our other transformed spaces like the beehive and the culinary arts program.”
“As part of certification in Aquaponics, our students act as live and virtual tour docents for K-12 students that 'visit' the lab. The goal is to help other schools develop scaled-down systems for their classrooms. We are excited to share our knowledge and expertise with others,” said Peter Kraker.  “We’re already working with a class at West Milwaukee Intermediate School.”
Dottke Project-Based Learning High School continues to amaze and impress as it transforms into our District’s only project-based learning high school for all 9th-12th graders.
“Through a partnership with Hale and Central, Dottke now has the ability to take new students full-time or part-time on a dual-enrollment basis,” said Goelz. “We’re here for students that want to experience school in a different way.”
  • For Dottke’s newest school video, click HERE
  • Dottke is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year for any 9th-12th grader for full or partial day admittance.
  • To learn more about Dottke Project-Based Learning High School, visit their website at or email the principal, Greg Goelz, at