Notice: the ICE Office will be closed through Tuesday, Jun 30th

In response to the COVID-19 situation we must close the ICE Office and Online Store until June 30th. Our office will reopen Wednesday, July 1st. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has requested that only absolutely essential operations continue. We regret the inconvenience but these are not typical times. As the COVID-19 situation develops further we will post updates here. If you have questions, please contact us by email at We will try to respond within 48 hours.

Chemistry Camps Cancelled for summer 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has cancelled all face-to-face summer outreach programs, including ICE Chemistry Camps. We will provide full refunds to all who have already registered. We regret being unable to provide hands-on science to children for the first time in more than 35 years.

Research Experience for Teachers

During the funding period of the UW-Madison NSEC, ICE hosted RET programs. Participating teachers worked with NSEC education and outreach staff, faculty, and graduate students to produce nanoscience curriculum materials for use in their classrooms.

The teachers who participated in RET and their projects are:

Maynard Morin of Higham High School, Higham, Massachusetts developed this working model of a scanning probe microscope as a part of his RET program.

  • Nanoscience in Nature: A Webquest (grades 5–8)
    Jeanne Nye, Lake Mills Middle School, Lake Mills, Wisconsin
  • Middle School Self Assembly (grade 7)
    Peter Watts, Watertown High School, Watertown, Wisconsin
  • Physical Properties of Nanostructures (grades 9–12)
    Kevin Moore, Adams High School, Adams, Wisconsin
  • Environmental Impacts of Nanotechnology (grades 5–8)
    Jeanine Gelhaus, Medford Middle School, Medford, Wisconsin
  • Gold Nanoparticles as Sensors for Sports Drinks (grades 5–12)
    Suzanne Folberg, O'Keefe Middle School, Madison, Wisconsin
  • An Inexpensive Working Model of a Scanning Probe Microscope (grades 9–12)
    Maynard Morin, Highham High School, Highham, Massachusetts

Other teachers who have participated in RET are Jason Strauss, Verona High School, Verona, Wisconsin and Martha Rathbun, Belvidere North High School, Belvidere, Illinois.

Support for the RET program is provided by the UW-Madison NSEC