• Congratulations!

    Congratulations on completing the Pre-K—12 Investigator Challenge! 

    You've unlocked the Future Scientist certificate and the Future Scientist pledge (scroll down). 

    Proud of your accomplishment? You should be! We invite you to share a photo or video of you with your badge on social media. You can tag @sanfordlab on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please receive your parent or guardian's permission before posting.

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  • Neutrino Day Promotional Resources

    Sanford Lab's citywide science festival has always been free to the public. This year, our virtual Neutrino Day event will be more accessible than ever before. For the first time ever, anyone, from anywhere, will be able to participate this year without traveling to Lead! Please help us promote this educational outreach activity with your community using these promotional resources. 

    Helpful links:

    Neutrino Day website: https://www.neutrinoday.com/

    Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/284840179551993/

    Promotional article: https://www.sanfordlab.org/article/sanford-lab-invites-you-virtual-neutrino-day

    Follow us on social media @SanfordLab on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Use the hashtag #NeutrinoDay2020. 

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  • Black Hills Energy Electricity Safety

    Black Hills Energy Electricity Safety

    Black Hills Energy's power lines bring electricity to the communities, homes and businesses. While we rely on electricity, we sometimes underestimate its force. Knowing a few basic rules can keep you safe around electricity. This Neutrino Day, watch their engaging demonstration about electrical safety. 

    Black Hills Energy is a Universal Sponsor of Neutrino Day.

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  • 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.

    Hear Arup engineers discuss how they are tackling unprecedented engineering challenges, including excavating the far site detector’s massive underground caverns; modernizing heating, cooling and ventilation in a historic mine; and protecting people working a mile beneath the surface from fire hazards.


    • John Barrot, Arup Associate Principal and Fire Protection Engineer
    • Seth Pollak, Arup Associate Principal and Tunneling Engineer
    • Richard Potter, Arup Associate Principal and Mechanical Engineer 

    This activity is produced by Arup, the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. 

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  • 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:

    1. Study an intense, 1,300-kilometer-long neutrino beam to discover what happened after the big bang: Are neutrinos the reason the universe is made of matter?
    2. Use 70,000 tons of liquid argon to look for proton decay and move closer to realizing Einstein’s dream of a unified theory of matter and energy.
    3. Catch neutrinos from a supernova to watch the formation of neutron stars and black holes in real time.

    About 1,000 scientists from 160 institutions in 30 countries are working on the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and South Dakota’s Sanford Underground Research Facility. DUNE collaborators come from institutions in Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. 

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  • Open Cut Geology

    Open Cut

    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.

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    Bill Roggenthen
    Bill Roggenthen
    Research Scientist with the Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering at the SDSMT

    Bill Roggenthen is a Research Scientist with the Dept.

  • Hoistroom Virtual Tour


    Anyone who has driven through Lead, South Dakota has seen the iconic Yates Headframe standing high atop a mountain. The headframe stands over a mile-deep shaft and houses the pulley system for the cages. The Yates cage easily makes up to twenty trips up and down the shaft daily, delivering people and supplies to different levels of the facility. The real power, however, rests in the Yates Hoistroom, an unassuming brick building sitting just a few hundred feet from the base of the towering headframe. 

    During Neutrino Day, get a virtual tour of the Yates Hoistroom, the massive conical drums and the thick steel rope that make trips to the underground possible! 

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