Posted Date: 03/09/2017
‘Egg’-celent Learning ‘Egg’-perience at Perez Elementary
Perez Elementary student were selected to participate in an agriculture enrichment program sponsored by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Services. Miss Monica Flores, from Texas A&M, came to Perez Elementary and gave a lesson about the life cycle of a chicken. She also explained how students can learn about animals through close observations. Students were able to see if an egg contained an embryo by a process known as candling. This process consisted of flashing light into the egg. If the egg had a dark matter inside, then it is considered to have an embryo. The students then placed the fertile chicken eggs in an egg incubator. The incubator had to be kept at a temperature of 99.5 degrees in order for the eggs to develop into chicks. Temperature and humidity are key elements in the hatching process. The eggs were carefully watched for about 23 days. Perez Elementary students would come into the lab and rotate the eggs three times a day to increase their hatchability rates. They also had to candle the eggs the seventh and eighteenth day to ensure that the embryos were developing inside the eggs. Eggs that were not developing were discarded to avoid contamination to other eggs. On the 21st day of incubation, Perez Elementary students came into the lab and found two baby chicks had hatched. The baby chicks had to stay inside the incubator two extra days. The students were amazed at how their loving care and dedication were the key factors in the development of new life. This project gave the students an unforgettable learning experience.