We started the day with an overview of Shaw and what to expect during the week, then moved outside for some icebreakers. Our discussion of field safety began with seeing who shared our opinions on what falls in our comfort, challenge, and panic zones and ended with examining live ticks in plastic boxes. Dr. James Trager gave a presentation on what exactly field biology means, and the SIFTers got to know each other more over lunch. After lunch, everyone got some practice with GPS units, navigating with a compass, and reading topographical maps before being sent out into Shaw to complete a challenge course in small groups.
|SIFT Instructor Aileen Abbott starting the discussion of comfort, challenge, and panic zones|
|Sharing what experiences take us out of our comfort zones and seeing who agreed. Those who felt similarly challenged stepped into the larger ring representing the challenge zone, and if the experience might cause them to panic, they stepped into the middle ring representing the panic zone. Sometimes seeing that you're not alone in feeling challenged or panicked can help encourage you to step out of your comfort zone.|
|Learning how to use the GPS units|
|SIFT program director Lydia Toth giving some GPS instructions that will be very important during the challenge course|