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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:] The size of the catalogs that we created, and/or, contributed to was immense. I always knew that there was a large amount of work that goes into astronomy and research, but I was astonished by just how much.
  • I was very surprised by the camaraderie among the students. They were not competitive and really worked on helping each other to understand the material and calculations.
  • [student:] The best thing about the trip was that we were able to experience real science and not just a mundane lab in the classroom. It taught us about the uncertainties of science and that because what you are doing is new; no one has an "answer key" to your questions.
  • [student:] Not only did I get to meet people my own age but I had the rare opportunity to interact with adults on almost the same level.
  • [student:] The most surprising thing that I learned was how much telescope data is available and how it is open for anyone to look at.

Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team