Elementary Students to Learn From 4-H Embryology Project

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Child holding chickExcitement is building among second graders at four elementary schools in Cleveland County. Beginning Monday, March 6, they will spend three weeks incubating eggs and hatching chicks in their classrooms.

Coordinated by N.C. State Extension, the 4-H Embryology Classroom Project uses the experiential learning model to teach children to use an incubator, turn eggs, pick up and count chicks, and build and operate a brooder to keep the chicks warm. Students also learn skills in observing, comparing, measuring, and communicating by participating in the STEM curriculum. Classroom teachers will use a project guide and teaching tools to walk children through what is going on inside the egg as the embryo grows.

Project partner Case Farms is providing each classroom with 12 fertilized eggs, and the Cleveland County 4-H Program is supplying incubators and brooder supplies. Once hatched, the chicks will be raised by local farmers.

This round of the 4-H Embryology Classroom Project will reach students in 17 second grade classrooms at Boiling Springs, Jefferson, Springmore, and Washington Elementary Schools.