Take your students on a classroom journey through the life cycle of chickens. STEM activities promote unforgettable learning, and you’ll take home all you need to hatch eggs in your class!

  • 8 years of ChickQuest
  • 1500+ elementary and middle school teachers trained
  • Over 100,000 students reached
  • Over 5000 new students reached each year

From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, these lively activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration and communication, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences. Students will learn about animal agriculture and egg production. Ohio is the second-highest state in national egg production, and Ohio’s soybean crop provides food for chickens. The Ohio Soybean Council, OSU Extension and Meyer Hatchery provide this curriculum, one-day training and over $400 in supplies, including an incubator to each participating Ohio teacher.

This curriculum is connected to Next Generation Science Standards with a focus on 3rd and 4th grades. STEM Content and Skills include:

  • keeping a science log book
  • scientific measurement
  • experiment design and data collection
  • science literacy/reading skills
  • life cycles
  • egg-producing animals

Virtual Field Trips

Visit a farm without ever leaving your classroom! Learn about Ohio Soybean Council-sponsored virtual field trips to Ohio farms here.

ChickQuest is generously sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council.

Upcoming ChickQuest workshops

Sep 15, 2021 at 8:30 am

ChickQuest workshop 9.15.21

Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (Columbus, OH)
Challenge your students to use Science, Engineering, and Technology to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg!

ChickQuest stories

Hear about other ChickQuest experiences!


Examining egg nutrition

Apr 8, 2021
Are cheaper eggs just as nutritious as organic or free-run options? A lab in Canada tested 14 brands to find out. They also looked at nutritional differences between small-farm and big-brand organic eggs. “Some of the cheapest, widely available eggs …

Reaching a new group of ChickQuest teachers!

Mar 22, 2021
Over 60 Ohio teachers recently participated in a unique, virtual version of the ChickQuest program. This project was a collaboration between Ohio Soybean Council and Summit County Educational Service Center. Each teacher received training in using …

ChickQuest challenges and successes

Mar 18, 2021
Samantha Polczynski is an Intervention Specialist and Behavior Specialist at Murry Ridge School in Elyria. Her classroom is made up of primary and intermediate students with developmental disabilities, including individuals with autism, ADHD, and …

ChickQuest in Wellington, OH!

Dec 16, 2019
ChickQuest workshops in 2019 wrapped up with an event in Wellington, OH in December. 24 teachers were trained in lively, hands-on STEM science lessons and how to hatch chicks in the classroom, the perfect way to cover the state standards on teaching …

ChickQuest: not just for elementary students!

Jun 7, 2018
The typical ChickQuest teacher is in an elementary school, but the program can be tweaked to accompany higher grades. Jennifer Scheidler teaches Academic & Accelerated Biology at Sycamore High School. Here, she explains how she incorporated …

NCMS Students on a “ChickQuest”

May 3, 2018
Sixth-grade science teachers Sarah Clouse, Sara Steigerwald, Anne Aston, and student teacher Lauren Fairley attended “ChickQuest” during the NCCS Professional Learning Day on February 16. In the article below, Mrs. Anne Aston shares the lesson with us. …