Professor Polack
Professor Polack, a distinguished computer science professor at the University of Mary Washington, possesses a deep curiosity for global exploration. Driven by a desire to broaden her understanding of different cultures and technological landscapes, she aspires to study abroad in countries across the world. Professor Polack's ambition to study abroad exemplifies her commitment to enriching both his own academic perspectives and the field of computer science as a whole.
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Iceland, where we spent weeks exploring the stunning landscapes of this Nordic island. One of the highlights of the trip was driving around the famous ring road, a 1,332-kilometer highway that circles the entire country. Along the way, we marveled at cascading waterfalls, rugged coastlines, and towering glaciers. We had the chance to immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, sampling traditional cuisine and learning about the country's history and geology. This unforgettable journey through Iceland's dramatic beauty left a lasting impression all of us.
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After leading a study abroad trip to Brazil and Argentina, where the students explored the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest, embarked on a captivating river cruise along the Amazon, and marveled at the breathtaking Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border, Professor Polack decided to create a photo book. With meticulous attention to detail, he curated a collection of photographs capturing the vibrant landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and joyous moments of the trip. I aimed to provide a visual narrative that would forever remind the students of their remarkable journey.

Story Map Assignment

DS106: Story Map ★★★

Once upon a time, there was a walrus named Wally. Wally spent his days and nights in the ocean, but longed for a day where he could explore the nearby country of Iceland. Wally had heard great stories about Iceland from his penguin friends, and he dreamed of the day where he could leave the water and explore it for himself.

Wally was swimming one day when he met a fish named Gilbert. Gilbert was a magical fish who was able to grant Wally one wish. Wally of course wished for a day to tour the magical land of Iceland.

Wally woke up the next morning, in the capital city. He wandered the streets all day, buying souvenirs for his friends and family and eating the best soup. Wally’s wish was perfect and when he returned to the ocean that night, he was happy to tell the tale.

A video of Maddy’s Storymap What she Wants to See in Icleand