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CF Industries brings life to the classroom

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 9:26 p.m. CDT
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Mara Bruno, Monica Groth and Garrett Granby all hold newly hatched chicks at Seneca Grade School as part of their science class. The lesson was made possible by CF Industries.

SENECA – Seneca science students cracked the case on embryology.

Last fall Seneca science teacher Julie Morris, of Seneca Grade School, applied for a mini-grant from CF Industries. CF Industries honored this request allowing for the implementation of an embryology program in the classroom, according to a news release.

This embryology unit introduced students to the importance of agriculture in our lives with an emphasis on the embryonic development, hatching, growth and development of ducks. The information was presented through a variety of activities including researching the importance of agriculture in the United States, discussing soil conservation and current farming practices, and incubating duck eggs in the classroom.

This 28-day journey started in mid-April. The students prepared the incubator regulating the temperature and humidity levels prior to the eggs arrival. When the fragile package came, the students worked quickly to label each egg and carefully place them in the egg turner within the incubator.

Under the direction of their science teacher, students candled the eggs at various stages of development.

“It was exciting to see the embryo moving around inside its shell,” Kiya Terry, a student in Morris’ class, said in the release.

The much awaited day came May 12 when the first of 10 baby ducks hatched. The classroom was filled with energy and life.

“The ducks are really cool. My favorite part was watching them hatch, grow and become more active,” sixth-grade student Silas Odum said in the release.

The students observed the young ducks for two weeks after they hatched, according to the release. The ducks then headed to a new home where they will enjoy a happy life.

“CF Industries provided an enriching learning experience for our students allowing for real life experiences to be brought to the classroom,” Morris said in the release. “CF Industries truly brought learning to life.”

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