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Summer Visit - 2011 - TRS 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, which is a favorite site for group photos. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

Team Red Shift came to visit in August 2011. The team's core educators plus 5 students attended.


  • ...the best part about the trip was working for four straight days on a concept that few people either understand or are passionate about. [..] It was really rejuvenating to come out here and dive into actual astronomical research.
  • We actually downloaded data, analyzed it, charted it, and then potentially found our first galaxy cluster. What an incredible feeling to be right there at the edge of discovery!
  • I actually felt like I was able to accomplish something that would have some meaning to the scientific community.
  • It's always great to see the progress made by the teachers and students. It's just so very noticeable when you compare the conversations you have with them on the first day as compared to the last day.
  • What would be surprising to me is if everything would have gone according to plan. That just doesn't happen in science. So when bugs came up in the data analysis process, it felt very normal.

Summer Visit - 2011 - TRS team