Investigator Challenge — Pre-K–12

Want to get the most out of Neutrino Day?

Pre-K—12 students can download a grade-appropriate Investigator Notebook to help navigate all our Neutrino Day events. Of course, you can take part in any Neutrino Day event that captures your curiosity, but consider your Investigator Notebook as a general guide. 

By completing the suggested number of activities in your Investigator Notebook, students can enter to win a Neutrino Day Prize pack, unlock the Future Scientist certificate and take the Future Scientist pledge. 

Small Particles, Big Science

Neutrinos are the most abundant matter particles in the universe, yet very little is known about them. This animation shows how the Department of Energy’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility will power the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment to help scientists understand the role neutrinos play in the universe. DUNE will also look for the birth of neutron stars and black holes by catching neutrinos from exploding stars.

Oscillating neutrinos — Create your own neutrino trihexaflexagon

Neutrino's come in three types, or "flavors." This trihexaflexagon craft is a fun way to model how neutrinos oscillate, or change, from one type to the next as they travel through space. Print out the template and follow along with the video to make your own oscillating neutrino!

What you'll need:

  • printer
  • clear tape
  • colored pencils or crayons or markers
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • ball point pen

The Science of Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream is a Neutrino Day favorite. Although we'll miss eating our ice cream cones this year, Micheal Dowding and the Society of Physics Students at South Dakota School of Mines share a bit about the science behind this tasty treat! 

S is for Science—A science resource guide

Starbase of South Dakota offers a compilation of science activities families can do together at home and at any time.

What you'll need: 

  • internet access
  • simple supplies around the house         

Physics Activities:

Visit the American Museum of Natural History's website. Click on Ology: A Science Website for Kids, then print out the Light Quest game or join the "Nobody's Perfect" story.

Virtual Field Trip: 

Know and Show Plant Sombrero

Join Brenda Mizenko and Lisa Droz fro, St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary to learn more about what plants need to survive. In this Junior Master Gardener-inspired activity, participants will create a "Know and Show Sombrero" out of art supplies to understand what plants need to survive.

What you'll need: 

Bad Science Jokes

Please note: All ages are encouraged to participate in this activity. However, the contest portion is open to only Pre-K–12 students.

Got a clever science joke?

Whether it makes your audience laugh or groan, we want to hear it! It might be funny enough to win the grand prize.

Prize? What prize?

Science Steve

Toilet paper flies, balloons pop, children laugh and kids discover a fascination for science during scientific demonstrations by “Science" Steve Rokusek. A South Dakota Public Broadcasting education specialist, Rokusek makes science fun for audiences of all ages. He does it by using humorous demonstrations that bring to life the laws of physics, chemistry, anatomy and more.

Rokusek has been a mainstay during Sanford Lab's Neutrino Day celebrations. This year, even though he will be recording his demonstrations from his own backyard, marks his 12th year at Neutrino Day. 

Native American Games

Celebrate our region's rich heritage by learning traditional Dakota and Ojibwe games with Jeremy Red Eagle, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Jeremy will be sharing a variety of activities including Tahuka canhdeska (hoop and arrow), a game that the men would play to strengthen their hunting skills; Kansu kutepi (dice game), a game played mostly by women; takapsica (shinny), a game played by both men and women and where the modern game of hockey comes from; and some smaller, simple games, such as spinning tops, ring and pin, etc.


Shockingly Static Science - LIVE

Discover how shockingly fun static electricity can be with Becky Bundy! Participants will explore what it takes to create and hold an electrostatic charge, using a balloon and other household items, then investigate the mysteries of static electricity with their static generator.

What you'll need: