Egg-citing Adventure

What can we learn from a chick? Find out with ChickQuest, a Science Alive 4-H School Enrichment program that challenges youth to use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, students use a logbook to record data and observations.  These lively activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration and communication, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences.

This 21-day STEM classroom adventure starts with eggs and ends with chicks. ChickQuest challenges youth to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg.  While watching eggs in the incubator and waiting for them to hatch, students learn about habitats, life cycles, structure and function, classification and a lot of careers.  Students are the scientists who help make it happen!

Meadowview (Milford) and St Louis (Owensville) Elementary begin their “Egg-citing Adventure” in April.  If your school is interested in making ChickQuest part of your curriculum, contact Brandy Uhlenbrock at 513-732-7070 or email uhlenbrock.9@osu.edu.

 

 

Healthy Holiday Dinner Plate Make Over!

Tis’ the season for homemade cookies, fruit cake and egg-nog.  The holidays don’t have to be unhealthy.  There are simple tweaks to our plates that can help us stay healthy during the holidays!

Instead of filling up on desserts filled with sugar, try fruit for a naturally sweet treat!  Fruit makes a wonderful dessert and can be enjoyed fresh, frozen or canned!

Baking often is a holiday tradition for many people.  One way to make our baked goods a bit healthier is to use pureed fruits and apple sauce instead of butter or oil.  Look for recipes that use pureed fruit and apple sauce!

Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables and use fresh herbs and spices instead of sugar and salt.  Your plate will look appealing and the colors will brighten your meal!

Cut the fat and go easy on the gravy!  Try skim evaporated milk instead of heavy cream.  You can also try swapping low-fat plain yogurt when a recipe calls for sour cream.   Gravy is high in fat, so use sparingly and a little goes a long way!

Swap your white dinner rolls for whole wheat dinner rolls for added color and flavor!  Always look for the whole grain logo on the foods you buy, for a healthier option.

And finally, cheers to good health! Instead of reaching for that sugary beverage, try a nice glass of chilled water!  Add fresh or frozen fruit or cucumber and mint for a delicious low sugar drink!  This is a great way to help manage those extra calories!

Making small changes to our plate, can add up!  Let’s make this holiday a healthy one!

For more information on this topic,  you can check out the website www.choosemyplate.gov

Eating Healthy and MyPlate

What does eating healthy mean to you?  Is it a salad for every lunch or fruit every morning for breakfast?  Is it eating only white meat compared to red meet or no meat at all?  Is it only drinking water versus anything else?

Is there only one way to be healthy?  Not really!  At the end of the day, what eating healthy really means is following the MyPlate guidelines and choosing a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins and dairy.  This may vary depending on budget, likes and dislikes and personal health needs, but it can still be done!

This month we finished another 6 month series of classes with Inter Parish Ministries.  For the past 5 years we have partnered with Inter Parish Ministries and Emmanuel United Methodist Church.  This year we added a new partner, HealthSource of Ohio.  HealthSource of Ohio provided Biometric and Wellness screenings including; Glucose, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Body Mass Index.

During our 6 month series we discussed a variety of MyPlate lessons and the importance of eating healthy.  The lessons included My Plate and the Power of Planning, Fruits & Vegetables, Food Shopping, Grains, Protein and Dairy.  The participants also had the opportunity to prepare delicious recipes that complemented the lessons that day.

We are grateful for this partnership with Inter Parish, Emmanuel United Methodist Church and HealthSource of Ohio.  We are always looking for new opportunities for partnerships, so if you have a group that would be interested in partnering with us, please call the Clermont County Extension Office at 513-732-7070.  You may also email us at fiscus.22@osu.edu, combs.311@osu.edu or glover.195@osu.edu.

We look forward to working with you!

 

     

Ag Day at Seipelt Elementary

Thank you Seipelt Elementary for inviting us to take part in a fun day of teaching third graders about agriculture.  We were glad to lead a planting activity and are always egg-cited to bring ChickQuest to the classroom! #4HGrowsHere #4HSTEM

4-H Science in the Classroom

Meadowview Elementary (Milford) students are excited to begin their ChickQuest adventure.  ChickQuest is 4-H School Enrichment program that challenges youth to use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, students use a logbook to record data and observations.

Eggs were set in incubators today and are estimated to hatch on May 3rd.

Chicks in the Classroom!

EGG-CITING STEM ADVENTURE

What can we learn from a chick? Siepelt Elementary (Milford) students found out with ChickQuest, a 4-H School Enrichment program that challenges youth to use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg. From monitoring living eggs to observing fluffy chicks, students use a logbook to record data and observations.  These lively activities pique curiosity, encourage collaboration and communication, and provide young scientists with unforgettable experiences.

This 21-day STEM classroom adventure starts with eggs and ends with chicks. ChickQuest challenges youth to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic chicken egg.  While watching eggs in the incubator and waiting for them to hatch, students learn about habitats, life cycles, structure and function, classification and a lot of careers.  Students are the scientists who help make it happen!

Meadowview Elementary fifth graders begin their “Egg-citing Adventure” on April 10.  If your school is interested in making ChickQuest part of your curriculum, contact the office at 513-732-7070.

 

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