McHenry County 4-H Embryology Project

2022 INCUBATION & EMBRYOLOGY in the CLASSROOM

with 4-H and University of Illinois Extension serving Lake & McHenry Counties

Please register HERE

What is more fascinating than seeing a fully developed baby chick emerge from an egg? Just three weeks of incubation transforms a seemingly lifeless chicken egg into an active, living being. This interactive project through the University of Illinois Extension’s 4-H program is designed to give your students the opportunity to hatch chicks in their own classroom/learning environment. During the 21-day incubation period, students learn how to prepare eggs, set up an incubator, record progress, turn eggs, and test eggs for fertility. The project aligns with both Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core Standards. The program is designed for youth in grades K to 5, but can be adapted for older youth.

  • 4-H provides training (online this year), classroom resources, and egg ordering services so that educators can bring embryology to their classrooms.
  • Educators attend training, provide program equipment and supplies for their classroom, teach and oversee the program for their students, and provide participant information and program evaluation data to the 4-H program.

Thank you for your interest or past participation in the 4-H Embryology in the Classroom Program with University of Illinois Extension. We know this is a unique school year, and we are pleased to still be able to offer this opportunity in 2022, which can be adapted for remote learning, hybrid or in-person classrooms.

How it works:

  • 4-H provides training (offered online this year), classroom resources, and egg ordering services so that educators can bring embryology to their classes.
  • Educators attend training, provide program equipment and supplies for their classroom, teach and oversee the program for their students, and provide participant information and program evaluation data to the 4-H program.

2022 program options:

  • Beginner Training & Eggs: First-time teachers can attend one of two virtual training sessions: February 15 or March 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Led by U of I Extension Poultry Specialist Dr. Ken Koelkebeck. (2 PDH may be earned.) A Zoom link will be sent prior to the training. 
    Cost: $50 includes training, 2 dozen fertile eggs for the project, chick feed, access to training materials, and 4-H staff availability for questions.

    Beginner Training ONLY:  Attend one of two virtual training sessions: February 15 or March 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  NO EGGS.
    Cost: $30 includes training, access to training materials, and 4-H staff availability for questions.
     
  • Fertile Egg Orders: This option is for teachers who have been trained recently, and who are ordering fertile eggs for 2022. 
    Cost:
    $30 includes 2 dozen fertile eggs for the project, chick feed, access to training materials, and 4-H staff availability for questions. 
  • Note: It is the recommendation of our trainers that educators doing the embryology project complete a beginner or advanced training once every five years in order to achieve continued success.

Important 2022 dates:

  • Training and fertile egg orders registration: Jan 6 to Feb 6, 2022
  • Beginner training options: February 15 or March 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m
  • Fertile egg delivery: April 12, 2022
  • Hatch week: May 2-6, 2022
  • Complete the State 4-H Chick Embryology Qualtrics survey which is located at go.illinois.edu/chickembryo  by May 13
  • Upload all class/school Group Enrollment forms by May 13

Important program notes:

  • Trainings will be in a virtual format this year.
  • Teachers are encouraged to provide their own equipment to participate in this project.
  • There is a minimum of 2 dozen eggs on each order and all egg orders in multiples of 2 dozen.
  • This program is designed for those who teach in McHenry & Lake Counties. To find a local program, contact your local Extension office.

Questions or requests: If you have any questions or need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Michele Aavang at maavang@illinois.edu o217-265-8059. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

THANK YOU for your participation!

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For more information on this program in other counties, find your local office at https://extension.illinois.edu/global/where-we-serve or call:

  • Lake: 847-223-8627?
  • McHenry: 815-338-3737
  • Cook, Chicago: 773-768-7779
  • Cook, North (Arlington Heights): 847-201-4176
  • Cook, South (Matteson): 708-679-6889
  • Will: 815-727-9296
  • Grundy: 815-942-2725

 

 

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