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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:


  • 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.
  • [NITARP helps] Teachers learn that they are not alone and isolated like we often feel being in our classrooms by ourselves the majority of our career and that we need experiences like this to help us grow and try new things. Teachers learn that they can be of use in the research community. We learn that you don’t have to live in the same town to be part of a team that can accomplish a project.
  • 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.
  • [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.
  • My perception of astronomy has changed from the idea that astronomy is just “one thing,” to understanding that astronomy is really a huge collection of “things.” Astronomy encompasses planetary science, star formation, solar system, astrobiology, and cosmology, just to name a few.

AAS - 2018