Which came first, the chicken or the egg? While we may never know the answer, thousands of area students better understand how an egg becomes a chick through the annual 4-H Incubation and Embryology program.
“This hands-on project is designed to give you and your students the opportunity to hatch chicks in their own learning environment,” said Amy Henschen, 4-H youth development educator with University of Illinois Extension. “During the 21-day incubation period, students learn to prepare eggs, set up an incubator, record progress, turn eggs and test eggs for fertility. We also offer training for educators.”
The project provides an engaging way to observe the life cycle, while practicing science, math, creative thinking, and more, and it aligns with state learning standards. This interactive opportunity has been successful in classrooms, home-school programs, libraries and other educational settings.
Registration is open for both teacher training sessions and fertile egg orders for the 2020 4-H Incubation and Embryology program in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. Important dates for this year’s program include:
• Feb. 17: Deadline to register for teacher trainings
• Feb. 26: Deadline to place fertile egg orders
• March 3, 4:45 to 7:45 p.m.: Beginner Teacher Training Session in St. Charles
• March 4, 4:45 to 6:15 p.m.: Advanced Teacher Training Session in Naperville
• April 6: Fertile egg pickup in your county
Online registration is required for teacher training sessions and egg orders. To learn about this program, visit go.illinois.edu/embryology4Hdkk.