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AAS - 2018

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.

The 2017 and 2018 NITARP teams attended the 2018 January AAS meeting in National Harbor, MD. The 2017 class was presenting results and the 2018 class was starting up. We had alumni raise money to come back as well. We sent about 50 people to the AAS and had a grand time. Please see the special article on NITARP at the AAS. All of the posters we presented are here:


  • This experience has helped me to see Astronomers as people who are just like me, but have a different area of expertise. They are approachable for the most part and want to share their experiences and research.
  • [student:] Students tend to confine themselves in the ‘classroom box’. Teachers tell kids what to do, they do it. And for the most part, young people are encouraged not to contend with fact or debate the teacher. But it is exactly this mindset which hinders learning.
  • I know now that I can develop effective data-based astronomy projects for my students.
  • The experience has shown me that astronomy research isn’t all about the pretty images we get to see, it can and I’m sure often does involve things that you never get to actually see.
  • Most science teachers have never done real science – that is, authentic research into something that nobody else has studied before. Experiencing the thrill and challenge of doing real science is essential if we want our teachers to adequately and accurately portray what science is really like to our next generation. NITARP gives teachers this experience. Through NITARP, teachers improve their understanding of the scientific process, build relationships with professional scientists, and contribute to human understanding of some corner of the universe. It is an amazing program that should be expanded to include science teachers everywhere!

AAS - 2018