Joint Antarctic School Expedition 2014

Update

Final Report Published

Final report for the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) pilot program. The program goal was to advance polar science education and understanding by students from the U.S. and Chile through hands-­‐on field experiences. View final report.

It's All About The Students: Claire, Anna, and Luke!

This expedition is a cultural and science exchange between students and teachers of the United States and Chile. The three participating US students are Claire Hacker, Anna Caldwell-Overdier, and Luke Maillefer. Follow these students on their journey!

Diario en Español: ¡Puede leer la bitácora de expedición en Español! Para acceder la versión en español de cada entrada en la bitácora de la expedición, haga click en la pestaña "Journal Tab" en la parte superior de ésta página. Después, seleccione la entrada en la bitácora que desee leer haciendo click en la pestaña "Read Full Journal Entry" al lado de cada foto. Una vez que haya entrado a la versión en Inglés, haga click en la pestaña "Translation" para llegar a la versión en español.

What Are They Doing?

Penguin rookeries on King George Island, AntarcticaPenguin rookeries on King George Island, Antarctica The students and teachers will spend five days on King George Island, learning about the scientific research conducted in and around Escudero base. The program could include visits to Elefanteras Beach to study seals and penguins, Collins Glacier where mosses, grasses, and algae may be found in the ice, and Bellingshausen Dome to discuss glaciological studies. There will also be the opportunity to stop at other Chilean stations as well as other countries stations located on King George Island.

¿Qué están haciendo?

Los estudiantes y maestros pasarán cinco días en la Isla Rey Jorge aprendiendo sobre los proyectos de investigación científica que se llevan a cabo cerca de la base Escudero. El programa podría incluir visitas a la Playa Elefanteras para estudiar elefantes marinos y pingüinos; al Galciar Collins donde crecen musgos, pastos y algas en el hielo; o al domo Bellingshausen para aprender sobre estudios en glaciología. También tendrán la oportunidad de visitar otras estaciones chilenas de investigación, así como las estaciones científicas de otros paises que también están localizadas en la Isla Rey Jorge.

Where Are They?

Chilean and Russian research bases on King George Island, AntarcticaChilean and Russian research bases on King George Island, Antarctica Juan and Lynn will accompany three students from Monona Grove High School as they travel to Punta Arenas, Chile. There the team will join 11 students and 5 teachers from 4 different Chilean high schools, winners of the 2013 Feria Antartica Escolar (Antarctica Science Fair. The combined group will then fly to the Chilean Antarctic Institute's Escudero research base on King George Island, Antarctica.

¿En dónde están?

Juan y Lynn acompañarán a tres estudiantes de la escuela Monona Grove High School, Wisconsin, hasta Punta Arenas, Chile. El grupo se reunirá con los 11 estudiantes y 5 maestras chilenos ganadores del concurso Feria Antártica Escolar 2013, para viajar a la estación chilena de investigación científica Escudero en la Isla Rey Jorge, Antártida.

Expedition Map

Journals

Anna at Torres del Paine
JASE has offered me an amazing experience. The expedition didn't turn out as I had imagined it: some elements left me chagrined, other aspects inspired me. JASE has given me the opportunity to connect with peers from another part of the world, learn with them and from them, and overcome challenges with them, even when it was (at times) hard to understand each other. Anna at Torres del Paine Before we left Madison, out of the entire trip itinerary, I was most excited to go to Antarctica. When I learned it wouldn’t be possible to make the final trek, I was disappointed, yet I am hopeful...
Claire at Torres del Paine
We’ve been back in the United States for about a month and a half now, and it’s time for all of us to reflect on what our Chilean experience meant to us. It seems like ages ago, but when we were in the Madison airport waiting for our flight to Atlanta, we each wrote a short paragraph about our expectations for the trip. Looking back at what I wrote, I can remember the excitement I was feeling as we prepared for the trip. First, I listed that I was looking forward to working with the Chilean students and researchers, and I said that I hoped to improve my people skills and my Spanish skills...
Luke at Torres del Paina
Luke decided to make a video for his reflection. Here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HjJFUt8eoM Luke, our photographer and videographer, among other roles he had during the expedition, at Torres del Pain
Santaigo de Chile from above
We boarded the plane back to Madison. As we left behind the tall mountains around Santiago we pledged to do whatever we could do, that would bring us back to this magical land so we could finish the expedition. We did not make it to Antarctica and left many things unfinished, but even with that, we know we have been privileged to enjoy all sorts of amazing experiences. We returned home with a large number of memories collected during a very short period of time. It is hard to believe that we were gone just two weeks; that fourteen unforgettable days can transform me the way I feel transformed...
UV warning sign
It has been more than a month since we got back from Chile. We have had time to catch up with family, friends and school. We continue to reflect and attempt to make sense of the whole experience. There are plenty of stories still stored in the ink bottle, and we plan to write them out. We do not know who will be reading this journal now that this phase of the expedition is over; we nevertheless intend to populate these pages. As we travel through Chile we thought of writing this story every time we came across a new warning sign. It is enlightening to visit new places and learn about...

Expedition Resources

Project Information

Dates:
13 February 2014 to 1 March 2014
Location: Professor Julio Escudero base, King George Island, Antarctica

Meet the Team

Juan Botella's picture
Monona Grove High School
Monona, WI
United States

Juan obtained a masters degree in oceanography through a joint program between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before becoming a teacher. During his days as a graduate student, Juan enjoyed working in the field and being able to communicate the science with other people. He decided to become a teacher so he could help more people understand and enjoy science. Juan has the pleasure of teaching AP physics, climate and weather, and astronomy. When Juan is not teaching or enjoying time with his two kids and wife, he is cooking, playing soccer, taking pictures, cross country skiing, biking or jogging.


Juan obtuvo una maestría en Oceanografía en el programa conjunto entre el Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution y el Massachusetts Institute of Technology antes de convertirse en maestro de escuela. Durante sus días como estudiante de posgrado, Juan disfrutó el trabajo de campo y el comunicar la ciencia a otras personas. Decidió dedicarse a la enseñanza para poder ayudar a más gente entender y disfrutar de las ciencias. Juan tiene el placer de enseñar AP Física, Astronomía y Meteorología y Climatología. Cuando no se encuentra en el salón de clases, Juan disfruta su tiempo con su esposa y sus dos hijos, o cocinando, jugando fútbol, tomando fotografías, esquiando, en andando en bicicleta o corriendo.

Lynn Reed's picture
Division of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation
Chester, VA
United States

Lynn is a mathematics instructor who has been serving her fellowship with Polar Programs. She has co-led the Joint Science Education Project in Greenland during the summers of 2012 and 2013, where high school students and teachers from the U.S., Denmark, and Greenland experience Arctic research alongside scientists and other experts. Lynn traveled to McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations during December 2012 to better understand the U.S. science and logistics, and she works on both Arctic and Antarctic education projects as part of her fellowship.

Sobre Lynn:
Lynn es una instructora de matemáticas que ha venido desempeñandose como "fellowship" con el grupo de Programas Polares de la Fundación Nacional de Ciencias (Polar Programs of the National Science Foundation). Ella compartió el liderazgo del Programa Conjunto de Educación Científica en Groenlandia (Joint Science Education Project in Greenland) durante los veranos 2012 y 2013, en el que estudiantes de los cuatro últimos años de bachillerato (high school) y maestros de los Estados Unidos, Dinamarca y Groenlandia realizaron investigación Artica junto con científicos y otros expertos. Lynn visitó las estaciones de investigación científica de los Estados Unidos en la Antártida McMurdo y Amundsen-Scott Sout Pole durante diciembre del 2013, para entender mejor la ciencia Antartica americana asi como la logística necesaria. Actualmente, como parte de su, "fellowship" trabaja con proyectos educativos tanto en el Artico como en la Antártida.

Claire Hacker's picture
Monona Grove High School
Monona Grove, WI
United States

Clare is a senior at Monona Grove High School in Monona, which is near Wisconsin's capital: the lovely city of Madison.

Bio de Claire:
Monona Grove High School Monona Grove , Wisconsin
Estados Unidos
Claire estudia el último año de bachillerato en la escuela Monona Grove High School, muy cercana a la capital de Wisconsin, la adorable Ciudad de Madison

Anna Caldwell-Overdier's picture
Monona Grove High School
Monona Grove, WI
United States

Currently in her junior year, Anna is at Monona Grove High School in Wisconsin. She recently spent a semester at Conserve School.

Bio de Anna:
Monona Grove High School
Monona Grove, Wisconsin
Estados Unidos
Actualmente en el quinto año de bachillerato, Anna estudia en la escuela Monona Grove High School. Recientemente estudió un semestre en al norte de Wisconsin en la escuela Conserve School.

Luke Maillefer's picture
Monona Grove High School
Monona Grove, WI
United States

Luke is a Junior at Monona Grove High School, a small school located outside of Madison, Wisconsin.

Bio de Luke:
Monona Grove High School Monona Grove, Wisconsin
Estados Unidos
Luke cursa el quinto año de bachillerato en la escuela Monona Grove High School, una escuela relativamente pequeña a las afueras de Madison, Wisconsin.

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You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I'm...
Thanks so much, I had a tons of fun looking through videos and remembering all that we did! I hope I have a chance to connect with both of you in the future-maybe in Antarctica!
Dear Juan, Thank you for your hard work, especially on the website! This is a fantastic collection of stories and photographs that will continue to show the importance and success of JASE for years...
Hi Anna, Thank you for sharing the cultural aspects of the trip in your reflection. I agree that immersion experiences are very valuable, and I hope you will continue your exploration of...