Friday, September 22 2017 to Friday, November 10 2017

9:00am to 5:00pm

South Pole Experiment Contest submissions wanted!

outreach event • United States

The IceCube Collaboration has announced the launch of the South Pole Experiment Contest. This new outreach project aims to engage middle school students from around the world in science exploration conducted in Antarctica. In this first edition, the contest is open to students in a few locations—Belgium, Germany, and the US—thanks to the initial support from IceCube institutions in these countries. In future editions, the contest will add new institutions and countries from the collaboration, expanding the international reach across the globe.

The South Pole Experiment Contest encourages students to develop research and critical thinking skills needed for STEM careers. Participant eligibility varies by country to adapt to the different school systems in the participating countries. For example, in the US, the contest is open to all middle school students. Please check the program's multilingual site in English, Dutch, French, German, and Spanish for the contest rules in each country.

The idea is for students to consider whether the differences between conditions where they live and those in Antarctica would change the way an experiment works. Students will create and conduct an experiment in their hometowns that can then be duplicated by IceCube scientists at the South Pole, which might result in different data and/or require a change in experimental set up. The South Pole Experiment Contest encourages students to think like scientists, design like engineers, and present like communicators.

When designing their experiments, students can ask for mentoring from IceCube scientists by writing to spexperiment at The final submission is due by November 10th, 2017, and selected experiments will be performed between November 2017 and February 2018.

To submit your project idea please check out the website!

Wednesday, October 18 2017

7:00pm to 8:15pm

Dark Matter - Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

outreach event • Biotech Center, 425 Henry Mall, Room 1111

Come listen to Associate Professor Carsten Rott talk about dark matter at Wednesday Nite @ The Lab. Most of the mass of our universe is dark matter, but what exactly is it? To shed light on this great unsolved mystery, researchers are using accelerators, detectors in the deep underground, and large telescopes to find dark matter particles. The talk will describe what we know so far about dark matter and what more we could learn. A particular focus will be put on how scientists from the IceCube neutrino telescope are looking for dark matter. 

For more info check out WN@L

Friday, October 27 2017

6:30pm to 9:00pm

IceCube at Moon Over Monona Terrace

outreach event • William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens, Monona Terrace

IceCube will be doing hands-on activites at the Moon Over Monona Terrace outreach event on Friday Oct 27th from 6:30-9:00pm.  This event is free to the public and will take place at William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens, Monona Terrace in Madison, WI.

For more info please visit the Monona Terrace event page.

Tuesday, October 31 2017

8:00am to 10:00pm

Dark Matter Day

outreach event • All over the world!

On and around October 31, 2017, the world will celebrate the historic hunt for the unseen—something that scientists refer to as dark matter. Local events planned by institutions and individuals around the planet will engage the public in discussions about what we know about dark matter, and about the many present and planned experiments that seek to solve its mysteries.

For more info go to: DARK MATTER DAY

Thursday, November 02 2017 to Saturday, November 04 2017

9:00am to 3:00pm

IceCube at Wisconsin Science Festival

outreach event • Discovery Building, 330 N Orchard, Madison, WI

Come learn more about IceCube at the Wisconsin Science Festival. We will be at the Discovery Building from Nov 2nd and Nov 3rd, 9am-2pm and Nov 4th from 10am-3pm! We will have interactive activites for kids and adults, including our IceCube LED display.

For more info go to: Wisconsin Science Festival

Friday, November 10 2017

8:00am to 1:45pm

IceCube presenting at NSTA Conference

conference/meeting • Wisconsin Center- 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203

IceCube will be presenting during multiple sessions on Friday November 10th during the National Science Teachers Association Area Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

First session: 

AAPT Session: IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole
Friday, November 10 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wisconsin Center, 102D
Hear about the design and science of the biggest and strangest telescope ever built, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole.
Presenter(s): Francis Halzen (Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center: Madison, WI)
FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 6 - 12, College
SUBJECT: Physical Science, Earth and Space Science

Second Session:

AAPT Session: Living and Working at the South Pole
Friday, November 10 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Wisconsin Center, 102D
Ever wonder what it would be like to live and work at the South Pole?  Find out from two teachers who did!
Presenter(s): Kate Miller (Washington-Lee High School: Arlington, VA), Katherine Shirey (Knowles Science Teaching Foundation: Moorestown, NJ)
FORMAT: Presentation
SUBJECT: Physical Science

Third Session:

AAPT Session: Teach Science with IceCube Neutrino Observatory
Friday, November 10 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wisconsin Center, 102D
It can be done! Great ways to introduce science concepts using examples connected to the South Pole IceCube Neutrino Observatory.
Presenter(s): Jeff Paradis (Whitnall High School: Milwaukee, WI), Amanda Nothem (Whitnall High School: Milwaukee, WI)
FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: 7 - 12, College
SUBJECT: Physical Science, Earth and Space Science
We will also be displaying our IceCube LED model.
For more info please visit: NSTA Website

Past Events

Monday, October 09 2017 to Saturday, October 14 2017

6:00pm to 12:00pm

Cosmic Ray Anisotropy Workshop 2017

conference/meeting • Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

The goal of the workshop is to bring together different scientific communities to discuss the origin of the anisotropy of cosmic rays and their spectral anomalies in a variety of energy ranges. We invite experts in the detection of cosmic rays on the ground, with balloons, or in space and from a variety of fields — cosmic ray physics, astrophysics, plasma physics, heliospheric physics, interstellar medium, and particle interactions in magnetic fields. Participants will explore scenarios on the origin of cosmic rays and their acceleration and transport in the interstellar medium and in the heliosphere.  

For more info go to the website: CRA 2017 Workshop

Monday, October 02 2017 to Friday, October 06 2017

9:00am to 2:00pm

IceCube Collaboration Fall 2017- Berlin, Germany

conference/meeting • Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

The IceCube collaboration meeting will be held in Berlin, Germany from October 2nd through Oct 6th hosted by DESY and will take place at Humboldt University of Berlin.

Collaborators from around the world will gather to discuss data analysis, detector operations, and possible future extensions of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory


Monday, September 18 2017 to Thursday, September 28 2017

9:00am to 4:30pm

Apply to the fall high school astrophysics internship 2017

outreach event • WIPAC, 222 W Washington, Suite 500, Madison, WI 53703

WIPAC is looking for enthusiastic high school interns to join our fall high school internship program! Participate in real world physics experiments, learn how to anaylize and process data and work with astrophysicists.

The internship program will be meet every Wednesday from 4:30-6:30pm at the WIPAC offices in downtown Madison, WI. It will run from Oct 18th 2017 through Jan 31st 2018. (with weeks off during Thanksgiving week and Winter break). 

Our ideal students are entering 11 or 12 grade in the fall. They are interested in subjects such as physics, astronomy, computer science or statistics. Background in physics or programming not required.

To apply,  please fill out this form and tell us some more info about yourself. Please apply by Thursday Sept 28th.