​High School E.G.G. Curriculum

This STEM-based curriculum includes 7 online modules containing a mixture of content, including text, video and questions. The poultry modules were designed to align with Indiana and national high school learning standards.

The 6 online modules are:

Module 1: Introduction to the Table Egg Industry

In this module, students will gain an appreciation for the poultry industry's role in the Midwest and for the impact of poultry production on the environment, food safety and economics. Typical features of poultry farms will be described as well as the relationships between breeders, hatcheries, egg producers, feed mills and egg processors.

Module 2: Introduction to Animal Welfare

At the completion of this module, students will be able to describe the three circles model of animal welfare and the Five Freedoms model which will be used to discuss hen requirements and preferences.

Module 3: Laying Hen Anatomy and Physiology

The reproductive tract is essential for the development of eggs. In this module, students will learn to diagram the functional anatomy of the hen reproductive system and learn how physiological effects of stress can impact egg production.

Module 4: Laying Hen Management

In this module, students will explore common biosecurity practices and describe the importance of biosecurity to the laying hen industry. Storage, handling and disposal of manure is also included.

Module 5: Industry Technologies

At the completion of this module, student will be able to describe lighting, ventilation and flooring systems and technology common in teh poultry industry. Students will learn how poultry producers work with engineers to design efficient facilities that meet the hen's environmental requirements.

Module 6: Efficiently Producing Eggs 

Efficiency is crucial when producing eggs to feed large populations. This module describes technology used to control the hen's environment and explains how employee-hen interactions can affect hen welfare. Students will learn the steps of egg collection and processing, as well as the purpose of each step.

Specs on cage parameters as seen in Purdue Agriculture’s Educate, Grow, Gain Poultry Program for high school students Course Sample: Specs on cage parameters
Nature Course Sample: An interactive lesson on chicken housing components

Curriculum Components:

  • Overall Program Facilitator Guide
  • Student Content Quizzes for Each Module
  • Document Showing How Each Module Aligns with Indiana State Standards
  • Online Module Component: Link to Each Module and Student Notebooks

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