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Destination: Galapagos Islands Cyber Field Trip

Using the Cyber Field Trip in the Classroom

The name Galapagos evokes images of an exotic and remote island environment, an amazing diversity of creatures and, of course, Charles Darwin's historic visit in 1835 aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. Scientific American Frontiers is delighted that you and your students will be joining us on our expedition to the Galapagos Islands by participating in the Destination: Galapagos Islands cyber field trip.

This section of the website will help you prepare for our adventure to this extraordinary archipelago. During the trip, you'll have a chance to interact with Frontiers host Alan Alda, the expedition team and your School Program ambassadors Sherri Steward and Mandy Williams as they investigate the islands' intriguing species, learn about scientific research projects in the region and understand more about how the Galapagos inspired Charles Darwin's groundbreaking theory of evolution.

Here's how you can bring the islands to life in your classroom:

Before the Trip
  • Photocopy the information, activities and itinerary on your Destination: Galapagos Islands poster to use with your students for classroom discussion, preparation or follow-up activities and take-home projects. Many of the activities from the poster are also available online.

  • Display the poster-map in your classroom to let students know about the trip and our destinations in the Galapagos.

  • Send a note home to parents inviting them to visit the online adventure with their children in the evening.

  • Encourage your students to prepare for the cyber field trip by reading background information about the Galapagos Islands.

  • Check out our extensive listing of resources for more information about the Galapagos Islands.

  • Review the online teaching guide to prepare for the activities that will be introduced during the field trip. (Some experiments require special soil or water testing materials.)

  • To view the video clips in the Expedition Journals, your computer will need to have RealPlayer software installed. RealPlayer is a free video player available online from RealNetworks. RealNetworks also sells a version of their software called RealPlayer Plus. You do not need RealPlayer Plus to experience the video clips on the Scientific American Frontiers website. If you do not have RealPlayer installed on your computer, please install it now.

During the Trip
  • Learn about the expedition team members and read the visitor questions and scientists' answers online.

  • Log on to the site daily to read new entries and to see photos and video clips in the Expedition Journals.

  • Visit For Students each day for a new activity. These activities can be used as class experiments, science fair projects or take-home assignments. Further information about each activity is available in the teaching guide.

  • Keep track of the movement of the expedition through the hyperlinked itinerary.

After the Trip
  • Encourage students to continue to access information and record the data they gather through this expedition. You will be able to use this archived site with your classes year after year.

  • Extend your experience by exploring related teaching guide activities from previous Scientific American Frontiers shows.

  • Watch Voyage to the Galapagos when it airs on October 5, 1999, at 8 p.m. ET on PBS. Be sure to tape it so that you can continue using the Destination: Galapagos Islands website in conjunction with the show & accompanying teaching guide year after year.


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