The 2016 WIPAC-QuarkNet internship hosted students from Madison, Cottage Grove, and Janesville, Wisconsin, and even one from Glen Allen, Virginia. Jeff Leider, a high school teacher in Janesville, and WIPAC mentors Justin, Matt, Colin, Cassidy and Sílvia had high expectations for this group of students selected from over 50 applicants for the second edition of the summer internship. But these teens far exceeded them!
A new temperature record for 2016 was set at the Pole last week—a low of –107.9 °F. The extremely cold temperatures didn’t stop one station inhabitant from climbing the outdoor staircase is short sleeves.
This summer, two students worked with WIPAC throught the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at UW–Madison. We have talked to them to learn about what brought them to Madison and what they are now taking back with them.
One unique aspect of living at the Pole for a year is experiencing only one sunset, at the equinox in March, and only one sunrise, which occurs in September, while you’re there. Since the sun rises just once during the whole year, it’s kind of a big deal. It’s also a slow process, with daylight increasing little by little as the sun’s arrival nears.
Despite the encroaching twilight, the photo above of a Scott tent near the South Pole marker also captured some faint auroras. Auroras have been caught in many shapes and forms, conjuring up cinnamon rolls and question marks, but in this case, it’s a grumpy face. At least, once it has been suggested, it’s difficult not to see it.