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Summer Visit - 2015 - LADDT

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.

The LADDT team came to visit in June 2015. The core team educators attended, plus 14 students.


  • [student:] This experience has totally opened my eyes to all the different jobs actually in astronomy.
  • [student: Real astronomy is] Not being afraid to mess up and writing every step you do.
  • Team build, team build, team build. The work is so much more successful and enjoyable if you build the trust.
  • [student:] I don’t think you could do what we did online [alone.] I think having the help of the other group members is essential to being able to learn and process the data or information. When I was going through the data and I did not understand something, I would ask Brittney or Mr. Gibbs for help or anyone for that matter because if I did not understand something then someone else might have.
  • [Real astronomy is] Lots of numbers and lots of math. I figures there would be calculations but not so much.

Summer Visit - 2015 - LADDT