Have you ever wondered how to hatch a chicken egg?
Rising to the challenge: Michigan 4-H developed videos to provide support for our 4-H Embryology program.
Have you ever wondered how to hatch a chicken egg? The Michigan 4-H Embryology Online Learning Series is focused on the science of hatching chicken eggs. This six-part D2L course is designed to provide support for 4-H volunteers, informal educators, classroom teachers (in-person and virtual), homeschool groups, parents and other adults interested in teaching youth about embryology and the science of hatching chicken eggs.
In the Michigan 4-H Embryology Course, youth explore the developmental process and stages of chicken growth and basic chicken reproduction and cell division. Through this program, youth will also gain a deeper respect for life and the value of living things as their understanding of the care required for a living thing grows. By the end of their participation in Michigan 4-H Embryology, students will be able to:
- Identify the parts of an egg and their functions.
- Explain what is required to hatch an egg, how it hatches naturally and artificially.
- Describe different methods to observe a developing embryo and different stages of development.
- List what a chick needs to live and how to care for them.
- Explain how record keeping is important in science.
Each year, youth and schools across Michigan participate in the 4-H Embryology program. This program is usually a partnership between 4-H staff and schools. Due to COVID-19 pandemic safety considerations, 4-H staff have been unable to provide the normal face-to face support. As a result of some creative thinking, Michigan State University Extension is excited to introduce the Embryology Online Learning Series, a set of videos supporting the 4-H Michigan Embryology program. This is an in-depth educational experience that teachers and families can utilize during the pandemic or when meeting in-person is limited.