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WHO WE ARE

The Why

There is a critical need to increase student awareness and understanding of the many opportunities in the poultry industry. To date, there are limited resources available for K-12 teachers to adopt agricultural related topics in their classrooms. Our STEM-based program provides opportunities for teachers to integrate agricultural awareness and understanding into their class materials.

Midwest Egg Production

Iowa, Indiana and Ohio comprise the top three egg-producing states. In 2017, there were 318 million laying hens in the United States and 37 percent of those were located in those three states. The Indiana poultry industry is ranked third in the United States for table egg production and is a large contributor to the state's economy.

STEM-based Online Modules

The E.G.G. program was developed to introduce elementary and high school students to the table egg industry. This is accomplished through STEM-integrated online modules focused on animal welfare and management practices, hen anatomy and physiology, food safety, product development, and technology.

While the modules build off of each other and are designed to be completed in order, they can be used independently of each other. Based in instructional learning theories, each module contains a mixture of content, including interactive texts and diagrams, character dialogue, video and animation. These program features were selected to maximize student engagement and interest in the program's material.

Leadership Team

Dr. Elizabeth Karcher

Dr. Elizabeth Karcher

Professor

Department of Animal Sciences

Since 2008, Dr. Karcher has formally taught over 1,900 students in over 46 course offerings. Dr. Karcher has taught a variety of courses, including mammary physiology, animal health, and introduction to animal agriculture.

Karcher’s research in learning focuses on the development of innovative experiential learning platforms to enhance student learning and develop intercultural competencies in undergraduate animal sciences curricula. She has received numerous teaching awards at the college, university, and national level. Examples include the Purdue University Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award, Purdue University PK-12 Emerging Faculty Impact Award, NACTA Teacher Scholar Award, American Dairy Science Association Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award, and the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award.

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Dr. Elizabeth Karcher

Dr. Elizabeth Karcher

Professor

Department of Animal Sciences

High School E.G.G Program

Dr. Marisa Eramus

Dr. Marisa Eramus

Department of Animal Sciences

Associate Professor, Purdue University

Dr. Neil Knobloch

Dr. Neil Knobloch

Department of Agriculture Sciences Education and Communication

Professor, Purdue University

Dr. Darrin Karcher

Dr. Darrin Karcher

Department of Animal Sciences

Associate Professor, Purdue University

MaryGrace Erickson

MaryGrace Erickson

Department of Animal Sciences

Graduated with her M.S. from Purdue University in 2019

Elementary E.G.G. Program

Danielle Marks

Danielle Marks

Department of Animal Sciences

Former Master’s student at Purdue University

POULT Program

Elizabeth Simmermeyer

Elizabeth Simmermeyer

Department of Animal Sciences

Former Master’s student at Purdue University

PAVE Program

Brianna Wardwell

Brianna Wardwell

Department of Animal Sciences

PhD Student

Acknowledgements/Contributors

Funding for the High School EGG Curriculum provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grant (SPECA).

Funding for the High School EGG Curriculum provided by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

Funding for the Elementary EGG Curriculum provided by Purdue University College of Agriculture PK-12 Council's Emerging Faculty Impact Award. Purdue University Envision Center assisted in developing both Elementary EGG and High School EGG simulation games. Kristyna Meyers assisted in the technical development of modules for both Elementary EGG and High School EGG Curriculums.

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