On June 7th the students, together with Fhon, Suruj, and a fish, set out to Madison for the IceCube software boot camp. Boot camp is a week long intense introduction to IceCube, Neutrino Astrophysics, python, C++, and the IceCube software and data files framework. It’s designed to get new ‘cubers up to speed on all aspects of IceCube physics, simulation, and analysis software. The boot camp organizers at 222 spent a lot of time preparing lectures and exercises for the campers, and a lot of resources were provided that could be used as references and templates when the campers returned to their home institutions. At boot camp one gets a good feel for the scope and impact of IceCube on the particle astrophysics community, and an appreciation of how amazingly helpful everyone in IceCube is to those just starting with IceCube.
There was no shortage of good snacks and drinks during the breaks! The sessions ran from 9 am to 6 pm each day and the boot camp leaders managed to keep everyone engaged all the time ( a testament to their good work in preparing the material for the camp and the general geeky and nerdy nature of the ‘campers themselves).
On the last day of the boot camp, teams worked on projects and made presentations at the end of the day.
Students had earlier spent all morning and part of the afternoon working on their projects, with one IceCube expert assigned to each team.