SURF Education & Outreach Building

Come see Neutrino Day favorites at the SURF Education & Outreach Building! Start at the Visitor Center and catch a school buss shuttle to this location.

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

“Observing the Earth’s land surface from space at 17,000 miles per hour” by Dr. Pete Doucette

“Observing the Earth’s land surface from space at 17,000 miles per hour” with Dr. Pete Doucette begins at 11 a.m. at the Historic Homestake Opera House.

You may think you know our planet well, but have you ever wondered how Earth’s land surface changes over time? Dr. Pete Doucette is the acting director for the Earth Resources and Observation Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“Background check! Screening materials for rare-event searches” with Dr. Brianna Mount

“Background check! Screening materials for rare-event searches” livestream from the 4850 Level with Dr. Brianna Mount begins at 10 a.m. at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center.

When building super sensitive detectors, particle physicists require that materials be extremely radio-pure. As the director of the Black Hills State University Underground Campus (BHUC), Dr. Brianna Mount manages the assaying, or testing, of materials to be used for such experiments.

SURF Outdoor Exhibition Area

The Outdoor Exhibition Area at SURF will have safety demonstrations and will display state-of-the-art electric vehicles and heavy equipment used for underground excavation. Start at the Visitor Center and catch a school buss shuttle to this location.

SURF’s Emergency Rescue Team will demonstrate rope techniques used during rescue operations and teach visitors how to use a fire extinguisher in the ERT demonstration truck.

Historic Homestake Opera House

The Opera House will host three in-person science talks throughout the day. Start at the Visitor Center and catch a school buss shuttle to this location.

First, learn about the strangeness of neutrinos and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment with Dr. Claire David (11 a.m. at the Opera House).

Handley Recreation Center

The Handley Center is your stop for hands-on activities for all ages. Start at the Visitor Center and catch a school buss shuttle to this location.

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center — Start here!

The Visitor Center is the best place to start your Neutrino Day experience. From the Visitor Center, trolleys take visitors to Hoistroom Tours and school busses shuttle guests to other locations throughout the day.

Tickets for the Yates Hoistroom tour are available at the Visitor Center. Tours are free, but there is limited availability. 

Neutrino Day Finale with Dianna Cowern

Neutrino Day’s headlining speaker is Dianna Cowern, creator and host of the viral “Physics Girl” YouTube series. With over 2 million subscribers, “Physics Girl” is a resource for fun physics videos and has featured such legendary figures as Bill Nye. Cowern’s talk is our Neutrino Day finale and will take place at 4 p.m. at the Historic Homestake Opera House.