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Pilot program to let US high-school students experience Antarctic science at a Chilean station

Three high-school students and a teacher from Wisconsin will participate in a joint pilot program of the U.S. and Chilean Antarctic programs that will send them to a Chilean research station this February for hands-on experience with Antarctic environments and ecosystems research.

The U.S. students and teacher, from the Monona Grove, Wisc., school district, will join their Chilean peers--winners of Chile's Antarctic School Fair--in the first Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE). The joint program is designed to strengthen the collaborative relationship between national Antarctic programs in the United States and the Republic of Chile.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) jointly selected the students from a pool of competitive applicants. They also selected a polar-experienced teacher to take part in the Antarctic School Expedition (Expedicin Antrtica Escolar 2014) to King George Island, Antarctica.

The U.S. JASE student participants are:

Anna Caldwell-Overdier, grade 11;

Claire Hacker, grade 12; and

Luke Maillefer, grade 11.

Monona Grove High School science teacher Juan Botella will accompany the students. This will be Botella's second Antarctic expedition, as he is also an alumnus of the NSF-sponsored Polar Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating program administered by ARCUS.

Botella speaks fluent English and Spanish and his skills will be indispensable in the planned bilingual JASE outreach efforts. Lynn Foshee Reed, a mathematics teacher at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in Richmond, Va., and the NSF Division of Polar Programs' current Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, will round out the U.S. contingent.

The Chilean National Antarctic Institute will host the U.S. and Chilean students and teachers, who will spend about a week at Profesor Julio Escudero Station learning about Anta

Contact: Peter West
National Science Foundation

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