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Spearfish science teacher Steve Gabriel and student Madison Jilek check a weather station.
Spearfish science teacher Steve Gabriel and student Madison Jilek check a weather station.
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January 30, 2015

Spearfish School Helps Monitor Air Quality At Sanford Lab

Steve Gabriel, a science teacher at Spearfish High School began monitoring air quality at the Sanford underground science lab in Lead in 2009, reports the Deep Thoughts newsletter from Sanford Lab. 

Several of Gabriel’s students work with him as part of a class— some even go underground with Gabriel to check the equipment and retrieve data. He said it helps them learn problem-solving and see that science is an ongoing pursuit. 

A recent test in which the lab's ventilation fans were shut down for a period of time proved that radon levels quickly rose, something unacceptable for the sensitive experiments being done at the lab. Data collected by the Spearfish class will be incorporated into the records of lab experiments to record ventillation status. 

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