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Summer "Visit" - 2020 - Spider Team

Our regular summer visit to Caltech was hijacked by COVID-19. So we did an online work week instead -- 4 days when all the participants on the team come together to work intensively on the data. Reload to see a different set of quotes.

The Spider Team worked June 22-25, 2020. The 4 core team educators attended, plus 12 students.


  • [student:] there is a lot more programming than I thought there would be.
  • Working together is a must. Multiple eyes, opinions, strengths, needs, etc were all on display. Students stepped up at different times in different ways.
  • [student:] I thought that astronomy was organized and well-ordered, but I have come to realize that it is all over the place which isn't at all a bad thing. It's a process of many open windows, many double checks, and many minor mistakes but it always seems to work out for the best.
  • [student:] Working with all the real star data from different telescopes and satellites really made what we were doing feel important. It wasn’t like we were working with numbers made up from some textbook; we were actually analyzing and categorizing stars in a nebula out in space. Super cool.
  • [student:] I ended up getting way farther along in the process than I expected. That’s what I appreciated about working in small groups. I found we worked together really well and asked each other for help if we needed it.

Summer "Visit" - 2020 - Spider Team