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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:


  • Our district needs an astronomy course, and now I have some idea about how to make that happen.
  • [student:] Going to this conference gave me a much better understanding and prospective of the work astronomers do, and what it means to be an astronomer.
  • Beyond my classroom, I see other teachers in the department and school realizing a greater potential regarding what can be done at the secondary level. Much of my activity has led to focused discussions in lieu of our weekly planned in-service time. More teachers are coming around to the idea of engaging students in more real-world science, and the need for our own participation in opportunities for educators to explore modeling and research opportunities.
  • The reality is that the US needs more programs like NITARP, and should consider ways to make it easier for organizers of these programs to renew and grow what works. These programs need to be supported financially to encourage more secondary teachers to join, and also help high school students consider futures in STEM fields.
  • NITARP is an invaluable experience. I am extremely fortunate to have participated.

AAS - 2018