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Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team

The summer visit to Caltech is 3-4 days long and is the only time during the year of work when all the participants on the team come together in person to work intensively on the data. Generally, each educator may bring up to two students to the summer visit that are paid for by NITARP, and they may raise funds to bring two more. The teams work at Caltech; the summer visit typically includes a half-day tour of JPL. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The BRC team came to visit in June 2011. The team's core educators attended, along with 10 students. IPAC staff member Mark Legassie also assisted.


  • [student:] I didn’t realize how many calculations and math was involved in looking for stars. It was a real eye-opener for how much we used everything we learned in school.
  • This experience definitely changed the way I thought about astronomy and astronomers. I didn't realize that some of the calculations and applications were as accessible as they were. I also didn't realize how collaborative of a job it is...[and it's made up of many components]
  • Real astronomy requires patience, persistence, and an imagination.
  • [student:] The best part of the trip was being able to have people from all over the country come to Pasadena and be able to work as a true team and bond as we all did science together. It was a great way to experience the way science is done in the real world, through group work and effort.
  • There is not a right answer from the back of the book. That "what 'you' discover" is valid as long as you follow the proper techniques and continually double and triple check what you are doing with the others in the team.

Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team