Hand-drawn particle interaction

Third-grader Maria Esperanza Castro Torres of San Cristóbal, Venezuela, drew this picture of a neutrino interaction in the NOvA detector as part of a school project, working with NOvA scientist Mayly Sanchez of Iowa State University. NOvA, neutrino, art Image: María Esperanza Castro Torres

Third-grader Maria Esperanza Castro Torres of San Cristóbal, Venezuela, drew this picture of a neutrino interaction in the NOvA detector as part of a school project, working with NOvA scientist Mayly Sanchez of Iowa State University. Image: Maria Esperanza Castro Torres

This plot was her inspiration. neutrino, NOvA Image courtesy of NOvA collaboration

This plot was her inspiration. Image courtesy of NOvA collaboration

Maria Esperanza had a great set of questions and did a fantastic job on her essay and presentation. Her questions to Mayly Sanchez were (translated from Spanish): Where do neutrinos come from? Can I get them from my kitchen at home? Did you start studying neutrinos in Venezuela? Can neutrinos create electricity? Are they bacteria? Can you touch them? Are they explosive? Why did you choose a path in science? Can I be like you? With her project, Maria Esperanza learned neutrinos are produced not only with accelerators like those at Fermilab, but also in nuclear reactors, the sun and even bananas! Photo courtesy of Maria Esperanza Castro Torres