Howdy for the final time, AdVENTURAers! Our project is officially over–we presented to our parents, teachers, friends, and family. It seems crazy in every way that The Whale is complete and beautiful, with only a few minor glitches and a few finishing touches needed. We have spent a year alongside this trailer, so it feels a little bit funny to be sending it off to the teachers. It’s what I would imagine sending one’s child to college would feel like. Here’s the family with our new student:
This past week, we worked on the eBook chapters, our presentations, and the last little bits of the Whale, like carpeting, cedar siding, caulking, painting, washing, and sealing. Great fun, really. Erf and I did mostly cedar siding, which was nice because I had the chance to use the nail gun for the last time, which was exhilarating to say the least. We did the siding on the bookshelf and the sides of the couch, but we also had to patch up the little gaps, so we got to use the jigsaw, which was, again, a real pleasure. That was basically the last job we completed, which is kind of bittersweet. However, we were giving tours of the Whale all week to various interested classmates and friends, plus the occasional teacher who wanted a preview. And they seemed quite interested and rather impressed, which was reassuring. Here is the inside of the Whale early last week.
On the actual day of the presentation, Maya, Sierra and I were running errands for much of all of the last period of the day, with our presentation scheduled at six. It was looking pretty disastrous around 5:30, though. First, we went out to the Whale to check up on any last minute plans. Music was playing, the air conditioning was running and the carpet was vacuumed–everything on track. However, on our way back into the school, it started pouring rain and messages starting flying across the school to engineering students in various classes. Somehow, the rumor began that a) the Whale was leaking at a rapid pace, and b) that the representatives from Google were on their way at that minute. Neither of these things were true, but needless to say Maya, Sierra, and I were running laps around the school, soaking wet, without shoes on, and with our safety goggles plastered to our faces. Then Mrs. Jo slipped and fell on her hip, everyone was running around without a clue as to what was happening, and our presentation seemed doomed. It was rough. And at 5:00 when school let out, Abby, Emma, and I went to the library to set up, where we were supposed to present. But we had forgotten to book the room for our presentation, so it was full of middle schoolers. Mass Chaos! However, it ending up being just fine. Our vice principal had the library cleared, the trailer was not indeed leaking, everything got set up, and all flowed nicely.
Our presentation went very smoothly and we had a very kind, attentive audience, Afterwards, we went out to the trailer for cake and tours. Everyone was super impressed, especially having seen the “before” pictures. The only caveat was that I sliced my toe on a rock, but that was my own fault, since I was barefoot. All in all, we had a lovely evening, and then administration asked if we would do a mini presentation for the teachers who will (of course) be using the trailer. I’m not sure what we’ll do for the rest of the week, but my guess is something with the ceiling tiles, and maybe some relaxing. Actually, that’s not really a possibility since we have finals coming up. But alas, like I said, it’s kind of crazy that we are done and that we actually finished in time. I’m so happy that I got to be a part of such a lasting, meaningful, empowering project, and I can’t wait to see what our class and our Whale will do next!