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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.
  • The NITARP experience has already changed the way I work in my classroom. I try to provide actual data to my students to use whether we are studying Earth science, physics, or astronomy. I also have changed my lab exercises so that it requires students to develop their own strategies to solve a problem. I also have reworked many labs so there isn’t a finite, correct answer.
  • NITARP has reinforced and expanded my interests in astronomy. It has also given me the experience and confidence to pursue graduate study. I’ve been thinking about going back to graduate school for years…participating in this program helped me realize that I need to do it now! There is so much to learn!
  • Our district needs an astronomy course, and now I have some idea about how to make that happen.

AAS - 2018