Notice: the ICE Office will be closed through Friday, May 15

In response to the COVID-19 situation we must close the ICE Office and Online Store until May 15th. Our office will reopen Monday, May 18. 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.

ICE Online Publications

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Super Science Connections

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Super Science Connections: Integrated Activities for Grades K–3 (SSC) was designed to help elementary school teachers who have little science background integrate hands-on science activities into a typical K–3 curriculum. It was written by K–3 teachers, for K–3 teachers. SSC consists of seven sections, each of which is available separately for download. The Super Science Connections print version remains available through the ICE Online Store.

ICE Devices: Constructing Inexpensive Classroom & Lab Tools

ICE Devices contains instructions for building 10 science teaching tools as well as background information about soldering; all are low cost and made with easy-to-find materials. With ICE Devices students can learn from making a device as well as by using it to demonstrate a chemical principle. For example, the BB Board can be used to demonstrate annealing, hardening, and tempering of metals; the neon lamp cord demonstrates the chemistry of vision; the chromatography simulator illustrates size-exclusion column chromatography. Each of the 10 devices is available separately for download. Available online only.