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This week Overbrook began its first school chicken egg hatching STEM project across all grade levels. The eggs are now nestled in an incubator in the science lab (and two smaller incubators in the first- and second-grade classrooms) until they hatch, which is estimated to be around Feb. 9.
This all-school project, being headed up by second-grade teacher Sister Maria Noelle, means that there are activities available for every grade to participate in the project from the junior high embryo development observations and protein and egg production experiments to the sink or float water density experiments for kindergarten. Students will journal about the egg hatching, chart the progress of development and get a chance to check out a "chick cart" once the chicks hatch and are a few days old.
The chicks will remain at Overbrook for four weeks and then will go to a local farm. We will not be keeping them this year, but plans are in the works for hatching eggs again in the fall and keeping them in the Overbrook chicken coop that is soon to be built off the library patio.
See this video for a short lesson on the chicken embryo development and stop by to check in on the chicks during this fun time of wonder and learning at Overbrook.
Meanwhile, in the fourth-grade classroom, the tree tapping project continues. This week students finished boiling the sap collected last week and started to can the resulting maple syrup. Weather-permitting, they will continue to collect sap and process what is collected through next month.