Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Students Grow Excitement, Quails with Embryology Class; the Grant-Funded Project Taught Science, Communication Skills

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Students Grow Excitement, Quails with Embryology Class; the Grant-Funded Project Taught Science, Communication Skills

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Byline: MARY MARAGHY

Quelling excitement while raising quail was tough for The OakLeaf School second-graders, who recently participated in an embryology project.

Students in teacher Maureen Mastandrea's class cared for 40 quail eggs in their classroom for 23 days as part of a newly resurrected, grant-funded embryology enrichment program put on by Clay County 4-H Youth Development, an agricultural youth organization.

The embryology project is open to second-grade classes, first-come first-serve, said project organizer Stephanie Kraatz, extension agent with Clay County 4-H Youth Development.

In October, Kraatz brought incubators, thermometers and eggs from a local farmer to Mastandrea's classroom, where she explained to students how eggs develop and instructed students to make sure the incubator temperature remained at 100 degrees.

"Sometimes a child will notice a drop in temperature and the teacher will call me," Kraatz said, adding that the project teaches communication and teamwork.

Mastandrea said her students were thrilled to come to school each day to check on the eggs. Every few days, students held flashlights under individual eggs, which let them see the embryo and how it had changed from days before, Kraatz said. …

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