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Summer Visit - 2015 - LADDT

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 LADDT team came to visit in June 2015. The core team educators attended, plus 14 students.


  • [student:] I think the most interesting thing we did was the tour of JPL. My dad has still not stopped pestering me for every last detail.
  • The most interesting part of my experience was how well our student teams bonded to successfully work, and play, together. It was amazing and an important display of cooperative learning. They did not hesitate to help each other as well as the teachers.
  • [student:] the benefits of actually working together with the group greatly outweigh the financial and logistical hassle. When we were all together, we got to know and understand each other, which in turn improved our ability to work cohesively as a group, which in turn betters our project.
  • [student:] I don’t think you could do what we did online [alone.] I think having the help of the other group members is essential to being able to learn and process the data or information. When I was going through the data and I did not understand something, I would ask Brittney or Mr. Gibbs for help or anyone for that matter because if I did not understand something then someone else might have.
  • [student:] It was easier working together [in person] because we could divide the work and compare. The group grew really close.

Summer Visit - 2015 - LADDT