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An Eggcellent Project: 4-H Embryology

That’s a wrap! June marks the end of the St. Johns County 4-H Embryology Program for the Spring 2021 Semester. Starting in January, St. Johns County schools were given supplies and materials to conduct the project. We are thrilled that over the past six months, a total of 1,075 youth and 37 teachers participated in this hands-on, skill-building project.

What is the 4-H Embryology Project? 

A photo of chicks hatched during a St. John's County School's embryology project.

The 4-H Embryology Project gives youth the ability to learn about embryo development by watching the growth of a chicken embryo from egg to hatching. This process takes place in the classroom and lasts about 21-days. By participating in this project, youth develop skills in observation, data recording, and problem-solving. Teachers also report the project increases their student’s love of science and understanding of life. 

 

How it Works

The project begins with a teacher or volunteer contacting their local 4-H Office. During this time, a start and end date for the project will be established. At the start of the project, the 4-H Agent will provide the teacher or volunteer with fertilized eggs, incubators, candling sticks, curriculum, and other materials needed to complete the project. The Agent will also be there for support throughout the project to help you navigate any questions or issues you may encounter.

 

With August comes a new school year and St. Johns County 4-H is looking forward to the start of many more embryology projects! If you are interested in participating in the project, contact your local 4-H office to get started.

Would you like to learn more about the St. Johns County 4-H Embryology Project? Click here!