While young students are more capable of scientific inquiry than previously believed, elementary school teachers are often inexperienced in and lack confidence with teaching science. ChickQuest is a 4-H-created embryology curriculum for third-graders that meets Ohio state science standards, teaches STEM skills, and promotes ongoing interaction with the experiment. Extension educators work closely with teachers to provide logistical and content support, decreasing any anxiety associated with having eggs and live animals in the classroom. This article explores the experience of third-grade teachers in a large, urban school district that implemented the ChickQuest curriculum. Implications for Extension educators are identified.
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Horton, R. L., Krieger, J., & Halasa, K. (2013). 4-H ChickQuest: Connecting Agri-Science with STEM Standards in Urban Schools. The Journal of Extension, 51(1), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss1/8