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! 

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 www.blackhillsenergy.com.

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: 

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: 

How small is a neutrino? - LIVE

This live activity explores neutrinos, the most abundant particle in the universe and how their incredibly small size makes them so incredibly difficult to detect. Presented by Dr. Peggy Norris, Sanford Lab Education and Outreach. 

What you'll need:

  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • a transparent cup of water
  • a spoon
  • a ruler
  • a toothpick
  • magnifying glass (optional)

Here are a few links you'll need during the event:

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.

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.