The Penn State Extension 4-H Youth Education Program is to provide stimulating hands-on activities that will enhance learning in the classroom. The "4-H Embryology" project will enable youth to apply basic principles of mathematics, science, English, and health through a "learn by doing" experience.
4-H Philosophy Toward Learning
The fundamental principles upon which 4-H curriculum is developed are:
Experienced centered and Research based
The 4-H philosophy of “learn by doing” means that learning in 4-H activities should be experienced centered or experiential. It involves the learner with the subject matter in an active “hands-on” way, rather than by merely giving information. The curriculum includes a series of purposeful, “real-life” learning experiences. 4-H curriculum emphasizes “learn by doing” experiences which focus not only on the content area, but also on the traits, attitudes, and values being developed in young people.
The objectives of the program:
- to identify parts of an egg and explain their functions
- to identify the parts and functions of an incubator
- to make observations and record them
- to observe and recognize the stages of embryonic chick development
- to recognize the interaction of environmental factors on embryonic chick development
- to provide correct post-hatch care of the chicks
- to develop a greater appreciation for animal life and living things
- to demonstrate patience, cooperation, sharing, and responsibility
- to learn about the law of nature
- to learn about the opportunities available in 4-H