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The NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP)

Rebull, L. M. and Fitzgerald, M. and Roberts, T. and French, D. A. and Laurence, W. and Gorjian, V. and Squires, G. K. (2018) The NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP). In: Robotic Telescope, Student Research and Education Proceedings. Vol.1. , pp. 171-187. ISBN 978-0-6483996-0-5.

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NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, partners small groups of largely high school educators with research astronomers for a year-long research project. This paper presents a summary of how NITARP works. Because NITARP has been running since 2009, and its predecessor ran from 2005-2008, there have been many lessons learned over the last 13 years, some of which are also discussed here. The most important of these include the following. Scientists must see their work with the educators on their team as a partnership of equals. Educators must be reminded often that they will not have command of all the information needed during their NITARP year, and that it is ok to ask lots of questions. NITARP teams need to be about 5 people: a mentor astronomer, a mentor teacher (who has been through the program before), and 3 new educators; larger or smaller teams just don’t work as well. Teams need to communicate regularly and frequently through their year.

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