BACK TO 1j: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
END OF EXPEDITION ONE
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?
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 -
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.
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
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.