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AAS - 2013

The Winter American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting is the largest meeting of professional astronomers in the world. NITARP educators attend an AAS first to meet their team, then they go home and work remotely for much of the year, and then attend an AAS to present their results.  At any given AAS, then, we could have two NITARP classes attending - those finishing up, and those getting started. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

We were out in force at the AAS 2013 meeting in Long Beach, CA! A record number of NITARP-affiliated people attended, including the 2012 class finishing up and the 2013 class getting going. The 80 or so NITARP-affiliated folks made up about 3% of the AAS attendees.

Special article on AAS attendees!  And don't miss Danielle Miller's blog!


  • The biggest change [in my classroom] I hope to make is to have my students do more science and more thinking then we normally do. So many of us science teachers do labs where the end is known (which is sometimes necessary to make sure they fit in a class period and that the students understand the concept we're trying to learn) but that's not really science.
  • I found it most interesting to see the scientific process in action. Scientists were questioning scientists, sometimes fairly aggressively.
  • This experience made me develop a higher respect for astronomers and the intensive work they commit themselves to.
  • I cannot put into words how amazing and priceless the experience was. Spending a week with other people interested in science to such a high degree helped me to grow as a scientist and as a student.
  • By far, the most interesting part of my entire NITARP experience is the scientific method applied to the discovery process.

AAS - 2013