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 ice@chem.wisc.edu. 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.

Today's Science for Tomorrow's Scientists

TSTS Web Shot

This screen shot is from Proteins, Designing Beta Peptides, where a necklace represents different amino acid molecules that make up the primary structure of a protein.

Today's Science for Tomorrow's Scientists (TSTS) was initiated in 2006 with the support of the UW–Madison Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). It is an interactive website that introduces students to current chemistry and engineering research topics through fun and interactive tutorials. It was developed by Caroline Pharr, a former UW–Madison graduate student, who included development and evaluation of TSTS as part of her Ph.D. research.

In TSTS the research topics are presented at two levels: one for students in grades 5–8 and one for students in grades 9–12. The information presented conforms to the National Science Education Standards, which aids teachers in incorporating the material into their curricula.

The goal of TSTS is to educate students about cutting-edge research, to show the social implications of research, and to give students a more positive attitude about science and engineering. TSTS is housed on the ChemEd Digital Library (a Pathway project of NSF's National Science Digital Library); access it at http://www.chemeddl.org/resources/TSTS/. You will find these TSTS topics:

  • Astrochemistry (Organic Chemistry): work done by the McMahon research group
  • Catalysis (Inorganic Chemistry): work done by the Stahl research group
  • Proteins, Designing Beta Peptides (Biochemistry): work done by the Gellman research group

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Support for the initial construction of TSTS was provided by the UW-Madison NSEC

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