Join SDPB and Friends at Neutrino Day in Lead!

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Join SDPB and friends Friday and Saturday, July 10-11, for a weekend of educational fun at Sanford Underground Research Facility’s Neutrino Day.

Activities kick off Friday night at the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead, with a subatomic-themed choral concert by Black Hills State University music students, followed by an exploration of the intersections between art and science by The Brain Scoop creator and Field Museum Chief Curiosity Correspondent Emily Graslie.

On Saturday, guest scientists including keynote speaker Dr. Ray Jayawardhana educate guests on the mysterious nature of neutrinos. There will be fun for all ages with family-friendly exhibits, activities, and a Wild Science presentation by SDPB’s Science Steve.

Here’s a schedule of Neutrino Day events:

Friday, July 10, 2015

Homestake Opera House

5:30pm: Concert — Black Hills State University music students will perform a choral composition inspired by the sounds of the underground (reception begins at 5pm).

6:30pm:Science And Art with Emily Graslie, host and writer of The Brain Scoop, an educational YouTube vlog, and Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum of Natural History explores the relationships between art and science. Sponsored by South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sanford Lab: 8:30am to 2pm

Yates Shaft hoist-room tours—Bring your tennis shoes.
Emergency Rescue Team demonstrations and activities.
Wild science demonstrations for kids by “Science Steve” Rokusek.
Meet scientists, engineers, technicians and rescue team personnel.
Solar Telescope— Black Hills Astronomical Society.
Waste Water Treatment Plant demonstrations.

Science talks on Main Street: 9:30am to 3pm, Homestake Opera House

10am: Touch the Dark. Dr. Harry Nelson, University of California Santa Barbara and LUX researcher, discusses the search for dark matter at Sanford Lab and elsewhere.

1:30pm: Neutrinos, Anti-Neutrinos and the Question: Why are We Here? Dr. Steve Elliott, Los Alamos National Laboratory, discusses observations connecting matter, antimatter, solar neutrinos and double beta decay.

3pm: Neutrino Hunters: Chasing a Ghostly Particle to Unlock Cosmic Secrets. Move over Higgs — it's neutrino time. Dr. Ray Jayawardhana takes you on a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of these elusive particles, and recounts a captivating detective story with a colorful cast of characters and awesome cosmic implications.

Activities on Main Street: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Homestake Visitor Center

See the new Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center exhibits.
Live, two-way video chats with scientists underground and at Fermi National Accelerator Lab near Chicago.
Geology demonstrations, Observation Deck.

Homestake Opera House and Manuel Brothers Park

Activities for children of all ages.

Free admission to the Black Hills Mining Museum. (There is a charge for gold-panning.)

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