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Teacher granted trip to Galapagos Islands

Research meant to benefit students

Friday, November 19, 2010 - 5:20pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WGMB) -- A local teacher leaves for the trip of a lifetime, and students are excited about what he'll be bringing back.

It's a vacation different from any other Steve Babcock has ever experienced. He'll be traveling to the Galapagos Islands for 14 days, part of the Toyota International Teacher program.

"I've never met somebody willing to say that we will supply you with everything you need, so that you can do the work you want to do," says Babcock. "The work I want to do is bring more life to my students' course work."

Babcock, who teaches science at the University Lab School on LSU's campus, was one of only 24 teachers all over the country chosen for the trip. Twenty-two states will be represented. He is the only teacher chosen from Louisiana this year.

Babcock is using the trip as a chance to do some environmental research, and he's getting his students involved too. He had each of his students read-up on a specific area of the islands. Then, he'll use photos and different tools to aid in their studies.

"He's so passionate about the environment," says student, Mary McDuff. "Even though we don't get to go there, we can kind of pretend that we did through his data."

Students aren't the only ones learning from the trip. Babcock says the research done in the classroom has helped him prepare. "In the last week and a half, I've learned so much about it just by looking at what they're asking me to do while I'm there."

Babcock leaves Saturday morning. He'll return on December 4th.


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