Luke A couple days ago, Janet, an ARCUS coordinator, gave us the go for an online webinar. A webinar is a presentation over the web where one can talk to a whole group of people via computer. So we began to prepare a slide show and presentation for the event. We put together an outline of our presentation and practiced our different parts.

    At around 2 o'clock today we headed to the warehouse where we had gotten our USAP(abbreviation) United States Antarctic Program clothing about a week before. We went to a different part of the warehouse where there was a conference room with chairs. We set up a laptop and began experimenting with sound and video to make sure our listeners could hear us.The nice thing about a webinar is that it has a lot of interactive elements; people can ask questions during the presentation. So we began to prepare a slide show and presentation for the event. After a bit of trial and error we had the laptop set and we were ready to go. The presentation went smoothly and we were able to answer all of the questions well! It was cool to hear that my mom was listening in with a 5th grade class that she was subbing for. In two days we have to present something similar to a American School and the US embassy, so more work is in our future!

    JASE team during a PolarConnect event
    Anna, Claire and Luke as they prepare for the live presentation (PolarConnect) from the USAP warehouse at Punta Arenas.

    Claire We have successfully made it through another of many presentations! We just finished a live event with both friends and strangers back in the United States, and I felt that it went really well. Although it was a little strange that we couldn't see any of the people we were presenting to, we still managed to communicate effectively. It felt good to know that people are actually interested in what we're doing; I'm glad we got the chance to talk with them. They were willing to ask questions, too, which made the experience much less one-sided. With us laughing at our stumbles, Juan holding up signs saying "slow down," and Lynn giving encouraging smiles, giving this talk turned out to be a lot of fun.

    Anna We are now done with our public live event (link here), in which we presented about what we have been learning during the trip. It was really fun to answer questions from people who are curious about what we have been doing. JASE has been a very presentation-heavy experience. We have already given two as a group (one about IceCube for the Chilean students, and one for the Monona Grove School Board about our plans for the trip). I'm glad that the live event went well because it was good practice for the presentations we will be giving on Thursday at the international school and the US Embassy. We will also be giving presentations when we return to Wisconsin, and I'm looking forward to sharing our experiences.

    With technology's magic, you can watch the presentation here: