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Summer Visit - 2012 - UBOKO

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 UBOKO team came to visit in August 2012. The core team educators attended, plus 10 students.



  • [It is] not surprising but always jarring when the research plan doesn't go as planned and adjustments are made, or a redirection of purpose. I think it is actually an important piece of the process since students are used to having an known goal that they can reach if they follow directions.
  • [The best thing about this summer trip was] working together with students on a project that didn't have an anticipated answer.
  • The best thing about the [summer] trip was being able to learn in a room where everyone wanted to be there and had the same level of excitement about astronomy.
  • I didn't really think of astronomy as having a deep basis in research until this trip. It was interesting to see this new side of astronomy.
  • I expected the amount of work we had to do with the data, but I did not expect the amount of fun I had working with the data! I thought that it would be a boring, painstaking process, but in the end it turned out to be very exciting.

Summer Visit - 2012 - UBOKO