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October 26, 2011

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MRH High School Students Present at the Saint Louis Science Center’s SciFest

Student presenters.

MRH High School students John Ahn, Curtis BoClair, Maggie Edmondson, Deontay Johnson, and Anna Wermuth presented the program “Chickenologists” at the Saint Louis Science Center’s SciFest on October 22, 2011. The students, joined by MRH Superintendent Dr. Linda Henke, spoke to a standing room only crowd of over 70 guests about the art and science of raising healthy urban chickens.

The MRH students gave an overview of the Chicken Project that was launched in August 2009. At that time MRH established a coop and chicken run at the Early Childhood Center and populated it with 14 chickens. The project has provided meaningful instruction for students from preschool through high school with regards to the life cycle, biology, nutrition, and care for the living world. In addition, the Chicken Project is a resource for community members wishing to raise their own chickens.

MRH students teach a captive audience about their chicken project. “The Chicken Project has been an invaluable learning tool for all of our students,” said Henke. “They learn about nutrition, the food cycle, and more, from the youngsters at the Early Childhood Center who help with the care of the chickens, to the older student ‘chickenologists’ who promote the value in raising backyard chickens.”

The fourth annual SciFest Saint Louis was a six-day celebration of the changing face of science and technology. The festival included captivating sessions, thought-provoking discussions, experiments, and engaging hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.

For more information about the Chicken Project check out the Chicken Fact Sheet, listen to the NPR story about the chickens, or purchase a book on chickens published by the student “chickenologists.”

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.