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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:] 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.
  • In its current form, anyone with moderate computer skills and high school physics can download, explore, and begin to understand available data. Student involvement in authentic research is an idea whose time has come. As a teacher trained in these techniques, I intend to facilitate investigations by students for many years to come.
  • [student:] I didn’t realize how many calculations and math was involved in looking for stars. It was a real eye-opener for how much we used everything we learned in school.
  • [student] ... my time spent on NITARP was possibly the best thing that has happened to me so far this year.
  • There is not a right answer from the back of the book. That "what 'you' discover" is valid as long as you follow the proper techniques and continually double and triple check what you are doing with the others in the team.

Summer Visit - 2011 - BRC team