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Summer Visit - 2014 - HG-WELS

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 HG-WELS team came to visit in July 2014. The core team educators attended, plus 10 students.



  • [student: this experience] It wasn't what I expected, that's for sure. I always thought it would be less math and graphs. It's not a bad thing, it just wasn't really what I expected.
  • [student:] Perseverance, patience, and creativity are all important to be an astronomer. And of course, it’s helpful if you are smart and good at math and science.
  • [student: Real astronomy is] Making charts, sifting through data... that is what they really do! (Although I didn’t know it would be this hardcore... I’m beat!) And snacks, snacks are always a part of scientific research!
  • I am surprised with where our analysis has brought us thus far. I know the results are going a very different direction than expected, but I think that's awesome and it's a cool feeling knowing we have already begun to find results that potentially debunk former ones—not bad for a few students and teachers!
  • [The best thing was] Seeing kids WORK! And getting confused. I liked working together with students to accomplish the tasks.

Summer Visit - 2014 - HG-WELS