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! 

Artemis: The Next Lunar Landing

In 2024, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon. NASA plans to use innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before, collaborating with commercial and international partners. They will use what they learn to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.

Join the Journey Museum in Rapid City to view a recorded discussion with a NASA engineer who is working on the Artemis program to learn more about how this mission will unfold: Preparation, launch structures and sustainable exploration methods.

Making space for a groundbreaking experiment

In this video, discover how Arup’s engineering team is participating in the collaborative design process for the expansion of the Sanford Underground Research Facility to make room for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, the far site detector for Fermilab's Long Baseline Neutrino Facility—a groundbreaking global effort to unravel the mysteries of neutrinos.

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.


Waste Water Treatment Plant Virtual Tour

Join us for a virtual tour of our award-winning Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), where inflow from the underground is sustainably treated and reintroduced into the environment. 

The science of DUNE

This 4-minute animation shows how the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will help scientists understand how the universe works. DUNE will use a huge particle detector a mile underground to embark on a mission with three major science goals:

Neutrinos: From Sanford Lab to SNOLAB - LIVE

Dr. Erica Caden will give an overview of SNOLAB, a world-class science facility located deep underground in the operational Vale Creighton nickel mine, near Sudbury, Ontario in Canada. She will discuss the strong connection between SNOLAB and the Sanford Underground Research Facility, including the Nobel Prize winning Ray Davis solar neutrino experiment. 

Open Cut Geology

The Open Cut in Lead, SD offers a geologic glimpse on the formation of the region and North America. Bill Roggenthen's talk will focus on the relation between the exposures of rock in the Open Cut and local-regional geology.