The team reflected on the Base Camp Earth experience and what they had learned:

Q: You guys arrived and met a bunch of people you didn't know, and were asked to research something you didn't know much about. Was it hard for you personally? How did it go?

Jamie: It was kinda hard, because we only had three days to put together a presentation, and the first day was really only half a day to begin with. We pretty much had to learn things as we went. It's opened my views on what I consider life - a lot.

Tom: It went pretty good. For the most part we didn't know each other, but I think it went better than you might expect. We were able to get together and work it out.

Eric: They say it takes about three days for groups of strangers to come together - but we only had three days to come up with our presentation, so we had to push that, and make our group come together within the first day or two.

Justin: I think it's like a puzzle. All the pieces came together perfectly.

Q: What have you really liked?

Eric: Getting to know everybody, new people. Making new friends.

Jamie: Not having a set schedule... When we get tired or bored, we can quit and then come back, so we're more on task and stuff. And the learning experience of it. I've learned a lot about bacteria and stuff like that, which is really going to be a help in biology.

Justin: I've probably learned a lot more here than I would have sitting in a classroom for two days... or going through a book. It's not boring, what we're doing, it's more -

Jamie: Hands-on.

Justin: Yeah. Don't have to sit there and listen to someone talk.

Tom: Yeah. We have a lot of lecturing in school.

Eric: I think you learn better when you have to find the information. If it's right there in the book, you don't focus on it.

Jamie: How we're taking notes - you HAVE to go through it and read it, and summarize it. When people lecture, most of the time you just halfway listen to it. You don't really learn as much.

Q: Anything else?

Jamie: Like, when we first came here we were talking about what we considered life. I've widened my views on what I think of when I say "life". I would have said, something that breathes oxygen, something that needs food. But now I've read about all kinds of creatures... algaic things in Antarctica...

Tom: Yeah, and things that can live in temperatures up to 239 F. That's hotter than boiling water. That seems hot enough to kill anything. But take a look, there's life there.


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