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AAS - 2019

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 2018 and 2019 NITARP teams attended the 2019 January AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. The 2018 class was presenting results and the 2019 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:

2018 Teams:

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Returning Alumni Teams:



  • NITARP has impacted my own development of and participation in professional learning experiences because I’ve seen first hand how important it is to be “in” the experience. You truly learn best by doing and NITARP provides that in a way most other programs I’ve participated in do not.
  • For astronomy, I underestimated the amount of data analysis and programming required compared to observation skills. It seems like introductory high school and college courses cover a good amount of content but not the relevant research skills.
  • NITARP inspires and empowers relevant and rigorous STEM curricular creativity. Teachers learn to use the same assets and tools as scientist, gain experience with scientific research culture and come away with the ability to lead their students in a research opportunity.
  • Astronomers are a lot nicer than I thought they would be, and they’re much more willing to chat about their research than I expected.
  • I have already brought back aspects of the AAS conference to my students by sharing photos, websites, and my summaries. Yes, understanding astronomy will definitely help me teach NGSS lesson planning and help [my student teachers] with cross-curricular writing.

AAS - 2019