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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.


  • 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:] Just like a real scientist, we worked with others to accomplish our goal by using the data and making graphs and calculations to find what we needed. We helped each other out, compared our answers, and learned from our findings and mistakes.
  • [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.
  • [student,in response to "most important or interesting thing you learned":] I also never knew about the great observatories. The only one I knew about was Hubble; now I know the 4 telescopes in space.
  • [student] ... my time spent on NITARP was possibly the best thing that has happened to me so far this year.

Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team