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Summer Visit - 2011 - Period Pontificators 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, which is a favorite site for group photos. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The Period Pontificators came in August 2011. The team's core educators plus 3 students attended.


  • People all see data differently and get excited about different things. This makes the group stronger.
  • The 'a-ha' moments at the conclusion of our analyses was unexpected [in that it was so soon].
  • I am more confident in my ability to process more data and take on the task of trying to involve students at my school back home.
  • I kept thinking about how much I couldn't wait to share all I was learning with my Astronomy students this coming school year.
  • I was delighted to discover several stars that I had no knowledge of, that rotated, pulsated, eclipsed (or a combination of [these]).

Summer Visit - 2011 - Period Pontificators team