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Summer Visit - 2012 - ColdSpotz

The summer visit to Caltech is 3-4 days long and is the only time during the year of work when all the participants on the team come together in person to work intensively on the data. Generally, each educator may bring up to two students to the summer visit that are paid for by NITARP, and they may raise funds to bring two more. The teams work at Caltech; the summer visit typically includes a half-day tour of JPL, which is a favorite site for group photos. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The Cold Spotz team came to visit in June 2012. The core team educators plus 8 students attended.


  • [student:] The best thing about the trip was being able to expand my knowledge about space and because of that being able to narrow down on a career.
  • This experience completely changed my views on astronomy. The biggest shock for me was when I found out that astronomer don't actually sit in an observatory and look out a telescope all day. It's gotten more complex then that now, but that image of a person in a white lab coat looking through a huge telescope was the image that used to pop into my head when I hear the word astronomy.
  • There is so much more to Astronomy. I think this experience opened the eyes of the students to the various aspects of astronomy; one of the students was excited to learn she could incorporate her art into Astronomy.
  • I think "real astronomy" is not simply about looking up at the sky and discovering new things, but having a passion for it and educating the public about what's really going on.
  • [student:] I always knew that astronomy was a bit more than just sitting around all night looking through telescopes, but I think it was really great to be able to see that there are so many different career paths and ways astronomy can be done. It made me realize that if I do decide to go into astronomy later on, that there are a lot of things I can do, whether it's dealing with computers, engineering, or traveling around the world.

Summer Visit - 2012 - ColdSpotz