Although you're on your way home (and probably arrived by now), just want to let you know through your PolarTREC Journal postings, that it's been very educational having participated and browsing through your writings and pics. You added a lot of value, not only to the endeavors at the IceCube, but also to all of us who have participated, one way or another. My sincere appreciation and highest commendation of your work and dedication. You have raised the bar and have set an admirable example. See you real soon. All the best!
23 January 2015 Photo shoot near Mt. Erebus and meeting with PolarTREC teacher Yamini Bala
Yes, I am on my way home and will arrive there in the next 24-36 hours. I am glad to know that my PolarTREC journals have been helpful, even valuable. I have shared my story with you all, but upon my return I will be sharing yet more details, pictures and stories. Again, thank you for your support and for being an active participant here. Take care, Rubén, and see you soon!
We absolutely agree with Ruben Miranda! While you are coming home at Puerto Rico, we thank you a lot for your valuable and amazing story, we followed every day (often two times a day...).
I'm sure you made a great contribution to students' AND other people's interest in, and knowledge about, science.
Your students can be really proud : they have a great teacher and educator with a lot of enthusiasm and writingqualities!
We wish you all the best and are looking forward to read your next stories !
Wow, thank you for those words, Anne! As always, I appreciate your support and good wishes. I was surprised when I was told that a number of my own secondary school students are actually considering applying for opportunities such as 'Girls on Ice'. One of my goals from the beginning was to help these young men and women develop an interest in science and polar exploration, so it seems like the main objective is starting to get fulfilled.
I safely arrived home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on January 26 and will be posting one final journal entry within the next few hours. And it was a pleasure working with Sam, your son. We both laboring together at those IceTop stations, doing snow measurements out in the field with those chilly –30 °C temperatures, was a neat experience that will not be forgotten. He also took the time to explain what he was doing and to share his technical expertise with me.
Stay tuned, as PolarTREC will continue to publish updates on my future education and outreach activities here in the island. Thanks again, and all the best!