May 17, 2010 7:24 PM by Kate Mundy

Local Students Learn From Crude Disaster

The developments we see happening in the Gulf are also being closely watched in classrooms. At Catholic High School in New Iberia, students are creating projects to present to the public.

Eighth grade Advanced Physical Science students are excited about school and real life lessons they're getting on the constantly changing oil spill developments.

"The data is coming out right now in real time, so everyday we got in the library and started to put together things and then we let them decide what area of interest they had," said teacher Charles Jaubert.

Jaubert said many of the students have come up with containment ideas and they'll notice those same ideas being put to use by BP a few days after their classroom discussions.

Some students studied oil containment methods, while others focused on the environmental affects. One group focused on the history of BP and the Deepwater Horizon rig. "I wanted to know what's going on in the gulf," said student Claire Stansbury. The classroom is spending this week, sharing their presentations.

Many have a high stakes interest in the topics they're covering.  "I do care about this because it's hurting a lot of people that I know," said Stansbury. "With my family and everything being all oil workers it definitely interests me a lot," said student Joe Dworaczyk.

Wednesday evening, the students will present their case studies to parents and other guests at the school library.


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