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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:] Personally, the most important thing I did was getting to work with real data and seeing how it can be manipulated to relay applicable information. Students rarely get to work with anything that has relevance to modern science so that’s a uniquely exciting thing I got to be a part of.
  • [student:] This experience changed the way I thought about astronomy research because I did not think it was as digital as it is. I did not think it was going to be as much computer work.
  • Working together is a must. Multiple eyes, opinions, strengths, needs, etc were all on display. Students stepped up at different times in different ways.
  • Getting to work with this group of passionate, curious, and bold individuals as we all experienced the processing of learning how to be a researcher was the best part of the NITARP summer learning experience. Integrating all the separate pieces of knowledge and skills that we developed over the last five months into a tool for forming a new understanding of what is in IC417 felt amazing.
  • [student:] Real astronomy is mostly looking at data and numbers. I didn’t realize we would be using so much math these last few months, so it’s important to remember how closely math and science correlate.

Summer "Visit" - 2020 - Spider Team