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Juan Botella

Wisconsin | 2015
Throughout his career, Juan Botella has participated in a variety of unique STEM-related opportunities. He spent three months on an Antarctic oceanographic vessel as a PolarTREC teacher in 2011, traveled to Chilean Patagonia with three high school students in 2014, and deployed to the South Pole in 2017 with the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center. While away from the classroom, Juan keeps a blog to connect students to adventure and discovery. Upon return, he uses these experiences to enrich his classroom lessons. He aims to engage his students with current scientific research to inspire their imaginations.