Why is Neutrino Day virtual this year?

For the past 11 years, Sanford Lab’s citywide science festival has drawn over a thousand visitors each year to Lead, South Dakota on the second Saturday of July.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted events across the globe. In order to protect our staff, volunteers, Lead neighbors and all our Neutrino Day attendees, our Neutrino Day team decided to host our 2020 science festival in a virtual space.

While we are saddened that we won’t be seeing you in person this year, this challenge has inspired our team to reimagine Neutrino Day. We hope that through this online event, we will be able to reach even more people with this celebration of scientific discovery—especially those who live too far away to attend Neutrino Day in person.

When is Neutrino Day?

Neutrino Day takes place on the second Saturday of July each year. I worry that many will stop reading here and miss the most important information below. But this year, our online platform allows us to spread the festivities throughout the week. Activities begin on Monday, July 6 and continue throughout the week, culminating in our Neutrino Day finale on Saturday July 11. 

Many of our science talks, activities and tours will remain available online even after the event is over. 

What age group is Neutrino Day for?

This event is for curious minds of all ages. With science talks, stand-up comedy, contests, Native American games, coloring books, online scavenger hunts, a Bad Science Jokes Faceoff, Science Steve shows, geology demonstrations and facility tours—every age group can take part in Neutrino Day. 

How can I get the most out of Neutrino Day?

With an entire week of virtual events, this year’s Neutrino Day could seem a bit overwhelming. 

To help you and your family make the most of Neutrino Day, you can filter activities by time, category, topic, speaker and intended age group. 

K-12 students can download an age-appropriate Investigator Notebook to help them navigate Neutrino Day events and activities. 

Can I volunteer this year?

We will be counting on our extraordinary volunteers to spread the word and get everyone involved! Tell your family, your coworkers and your neighbors. It’s also a great chance to reach people from out-of-town. Anyone, from anywhere, will be able to participate this year without having to travel to Lead. 

Please help us promote this educational outreach activity with your community using these promotional resources. 

What if I missed a presentation? Can I watch it later?

Many of our science talks, activities and tours will remain available online even after the event is over.

Can I buy a Neutrino Day T-Shirt?

Each year, we make Neutrino Day shirts for our volunteers to help them stand out in a crowd. As usual, our T-Shirts are not for sale to the general public. 

Who do I contact if I notice technical issues on the website?

This is our first-ever virtual Neutrino Day. Please help us make our online platform a success by reporting any issues or errors you may find on our website to MKapust@SanfordLab.org. 

Will we get to come back to Lead for Neutrino Day next year?

We are excited to offer a free, interactive online event this year, but we hope to see you again in Lead for future Neutrino Days. Mark your calendar for next year’s event on July 10, 2021.