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 26, 2024 at 9 am EDT

ChickQuest Columbus September

Ohio’s popular teacher workshop bringing Science, Engineering, & Technology to elementary classrooms through the process of hatching chicks

ChickQuest stories

Hear about ChickQuest in action in workshops and classrooms around the state!


Summer camp explores chickens with a STEM focus

Jackie Davis and Heidi Hisrich used their ChickQuest training in a creative way: summer camp for middle schoolers! 11 Bio-Med students helped to run the camp. 20 rising 4th-6th graders participated in this fun learning experience at the Bio-Med …

ChickQuest connects with challenged students

Case manager Bob Hurless recently took his Day Integrated Learning Center students through the hatching process after being trained in a ChickQuest workshop. “The students did a great job checking the incubator daily and we got to watch a few of …

Egg-cited about STEM learning

Akron and Columbus hosted Ohio teachers for the final ChickQuest workshops of this school year! 89 educators gathered for a day of training in each location. All attendees left with hands-on experience in the program, as well as supplies to do the …

Cleveland gets ChickQuest workshop TWICE!

ChickQuest hit Cleveland not once but twice this month, thanks to the Ohio Soybean Council and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Ohio educators gathered at a Cleveland Metropolitan Schools building, ready to learn, with both morning and …

ChickQuest: ready to hatch

A group gathered at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the OSU campus for another popular ChickQuest workshop. Sponsored by Ohio Soybean Council with support from Meyer Hatchery, the workshop trained over 50 teachers in the engaging …

Back to school with ChickQuest!

41 Ohio teachers gathered at the Nationwide &Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus this week for a ChickQuest workshop. The group included educators from 28 elementary schools, as well as extension agents. The workshop takes the attendees …