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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Mid-Pac students in Raleigh Werberger's Mid-Pacific eXploratory Program are making tabletop aquaponics kits. The students created and designed these kits themselves and will present them to a panel of three local entrepreneurs who will pick the winning design and invest in the winning team to market its product. Fifteen-year-olds Bryson Yoshimi, left, and Kris Kadzielawa of MAP Enterprises look through the aquarium they used for their aquaponics kit.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Alyssa Soares, left, Emma Krening, Kainoa Behler, Tyler Allen and Nikki Stacey show off their kit.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM After the class ends, many stay behind to talk to Steve Sue, CEO of Lemonade Alley (in the yellow shirt on the left), and Mark Loughridge, chairman of Backbone Entertainment (on the right of Sue). They will be part of a panel that will judge the students' kits.
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM The Aquapros -- Shayla Shigematsu, left, Trevor Blake, Noah Sandvold and Blaine Tonaki -- pose with their kit. They have fish in the bottom tank. Plants will grow in the cinder-block medium in the top container, and water will circulate when it is pumped from the aquarium to the top and will flow back to the aquarium.