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ChickQuest, a Classroom Journey Through the Life Cycle of Chickens, is a 4-H School Enrichment Program that challenges students to use Science, Engineering and Technology to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg.

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 and OSU Extension will provide this curriculum for 200 elementary teachers in Ohio during the 2016–2017 school year.

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

GrowNextGen + Ohio Pork

The Ohio Soybean Council has partnered with the Ohio Pork Council to provide a virtual tour of a pig farm. Students can talk directly to a farmer and see how animals are raised.

Each participating teacher will receive a reading guide and two books to keep: Welcome to Our Farm and Pigs by Gail Gibbons. Expand the learning by charting pig growth and making “pig feed” using our Ready Made Resources.

ChickQuest is generously sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council.

ChickQuest stories

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Upcoming ChickQuest workshops

ChickQuest workshops are held in various locations around the state several times each year. Check back soon for information about upcoming workshops! See all upcoming events.