By WVUA 23 Reporter Kate SteinerThe Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy is helping students all over the Tuscaloosa City Schools System learn things they may not get in your average classroom.One of those opportunities has students learning all about aquaculture, biology and chemistry through breeding and raising koi. The specially colored carp species is known for their elegant coloring, patterns and potential size.The class has been experimenting with fresh and saltwater in the lab, learning about different fish species using unique and fun lessons. And there’s no better way of learning than doing.Aquaculture may seem like your standard run-of-the-mill science class, but teacher Carl Hughes said his curriculum is challenging and has students putting in a lot of effort.“They get to apply what they learned in class to real-world applications,” he said. “The things they are learning here will be the exact same things that they’re doing out in the field as they go into the aquaculture industry.”The koi fish are being sold next week to make room for the transition from fresh to saltwater studies. Their next project? Raising shrimp.If you’re interested in purchasing a koi, they range from $10 to $20 depending on fish size and will be available May 14 through 19 at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy at 2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.