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Summer Visit - 2010 - IR Variability 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.

The IR Variablity team came to visit Caltech in August 2010.


  • [student:] I really enjoyed the chance to work with everyone, the Astronomers, and the students as well as the teachers. That was one of the best experiences in my life.
  • [I was surprised] that the students, given an interesting task, could stay on task for hours at a time. When I mentioned to parents following the trip that I was amazed at how well the students stayed on task, A. interjected that it wasn't so hard, since they were being challenged to use new tools to reach achievable results.
  • [student:] That was one of the best experiences in my life. I am truly thankful that I was given the chance to go on this trip and to learn more about this project and all of its subjects.
  • [student:] Thank you for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shadow/work with real astronomers. I learned a lot of astronomy and about how research is conducted.
  • I was very impressed at how quickly our three teams turned into one. Our students worked together seamlessly from the beginning of our trip. Each student brought their strengths to the table and shared them willingly. Each group went through frustrations, made mistakes, had to backtrack, got angry, but still came through in the end with good solid data. When expectations were raised, the team rose to reach them. Teachers and astronomers invested fully in all students and students responded by calling on any team member for help when needed.

Summer Visit - 2010 - IR Variability team