Through this hands-on engineering design challenge, students will model the processes used to detect a radioactive decay event with a half-life greater than 1.3x1021 years. By utilizing background reduction and background rejection techniques, students gain an understanding of the challenges scientists face in their quest to determine if neutrinos are their own anti-particle.
Educator Resource: Field Trip
Needle in a Haystack
Do you have what it takes to detect an ultra-rare event in the race to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos? Find out with this engineering design challenge based on the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR experiment.
Middle School, High School