Neutrinos in the Classroom

MINERvA Detector

About this project

Who? What? Why? How?

Who developed these exercises?

"Neutrinos in the Classroom" was developed by a collaboration of high school teachers and research physicists from the MINERvA experiment:

  • Mr. Paul Conrow, East High School, Rochester, New York.
  • Prof. Richard Gran, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Ms. Carol Hoffman, Hilton Central School District, Hilton, New York.
  • Ms. Jackie Kitchenhoff, Northland High School, Remer, Minnesota.
  • Prof. Kevin McFarland, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.
  • Ms. Margie Menzies, Harbor City International School, Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Mr. Jeffrey Paradis, Rush-Henrietta Central School District, Henrietta, New York.
  • Ms. Laurie Peslak, Rush-Henrietta Central School District, Henrietta, New York.
  • Mr. Paul Sedita, Canadaigua Academy, Canadaigua, New York.
  • Prof. Nathaniel Tagg, Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio.

Why did we make this?

The concept for this project came out of discussions between high school teachers looking for a way to use particle physics data for laboratory exercises in the classroom, and MINERvA physicists who had developed the powerful Arachne event display and were interested in how it might bring MINERvA's data and physics mission to a wider audience.

It is our hope that while learning the basic physics concepts behind these exercises that students will share in some of the excitement of research in particle physics. We are eager to learn about outcomes of these exercises in your classroom; please contact us and let us know what you think of our work.

Who can you contact with questions?

For help with this material, to arrange a meeting between physicists and your classroom over video link, or to give us feedback on these exercises, please send email to:

This list is staffed by volunteers, mostly the developers of this material, so please be patient with us, and we'll try to help you as soon as we can!

How was Arachne developed?

Otterbein University
Arachne was developed by Nathaniel Tagg at Otterbein University, with the help of several undergraduate students. This work was supported the National Science Foundation under Award 0855429.

Where can I get the teacher's guide?

The Teacher's Guide for much of this site is available in multiple formats: Other supplimentary documents can all be found at this link.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0619727 to the University of Rochester with a subaward to the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Additional contributions by Otterbein University.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

University of Rochester University of Minnesota, Duluth Otterbein University