Introduction to Neutrino Day - LIVE

Welcome to Neutrino Day 2020: A Matter Mystery! Tune in on Monday morning to meet the faces behind Neutrino Day and learn how to navigate our virtual Neutrino Day hub. 

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.

DUNE scientists answer your questions about the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

Scientists with the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) hope to revolutionize our understanding of the role neutrinos play in the creation of the universe. Using the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), they'll shoot a beam of neutrinos from Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, 800 miles through the earth to detectors deep underground at Sanford Lab in Lead, South Dakota. 

Join us to hear from an assortment of DUNE collaborators as they explore a variety of questions about the experiment.

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! 

Bad Science Jokes Faceoff - LIVE

Throughout the week of July 6 through July 10, you've been sharing your favorite science jokes to Facebook or Twitter. On Friday, July 10, Mark Hanhardt and Brian Malow will share their favorites and select a winner! 

Competition details can be found via the Bad Science Jokes activity

Black Hills Energy Crossword Puzzle

This isn't your grandpa's boring old crossword puzzle from the Sunday paper!

Join Black Hills Energy to put your knowledge and investigative skills to the test. Explore these 10 clues and see how much you really know about safety procedures, services, preparatory emergency measures... all things Black Hills Energy. 

Worried your knowledge might be a little burnt out? Don't worry! All of the answers can be found on the various pages at

Become a Fossil Preparer

Emily Berry and Kayleigh Johnson from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology's Museum of Geology present a video explaining the job of a Fossil Preparator and the tools and skills needed to prepare fossils. Download the work page and follow along via the video below! 

Check out the printable activity practicing grid drawing, an important skill for Paleontologists. 

What you'll need: 

Nectar Connectors

Dr. Raeann Mettler of Black Hills State University created a short tutorial to show youth and/or families how to track flowers that are important to pollinators using the Nectar Connectors program, part of the citizen science project called Nature's Notebook. Get outside and explore how plants and animals are related with Nectar Connectors!

What you'll need: 

  • computer with WiFi or smartphone (App required)

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: