4-H Embryology Program
According to the NC Standard Course of Study, science education builds on concepts including evidence, explanation, measurement, order and organization. To assist educators in building these skills, 4-H provided the embryology curriculum, incubators, quail eggs, heat lamps and other necessary supplies to all second grade classes, free of charge. Hands-on training for teachers was also provided. Over the 23-day incubation period, students made observations, measured incubator temperatures, rotated eggs and planned for an expected hatch. Youth learned to work as a team and make decisions. This year, over 300 second graders received 25 contact hours of embryology science content.
On May 30, the 4-H and Livestock Agents with Montgomery Cooperative Extension were invited to join the Troy Elementary second graders as they finished up their incubation program. They played a Jeopardy-style trivia game with the classes to see how much the students learned about embryology, incubation, parts of the egg and 4-H as as result of the 23-day project. They also presented each student with a certificate of participation for all of their hard work.
As a result of this embryology school enrichment program, the teachers stated that there was an increase in knowledge, decision making and critical thinking skills among their students.