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Feature: Nuclear Energizes Teachers

Texas A&M workshopDespite the anxiety triggered by last spring’s nuclear disaster in Japan, nuclear power is still a key part of this country’s energy mix. Industry and universities are enlisting help from teachers in preparing the next generation of nuclear engineers and technicians.

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Activity: Atomic Candy

m&ms1In this activity, students in grades 5 – 11 will use M&Ms to learn about radioactivity, the rate at which an isotope decays, and the concept of half-life. They will count and record the number of decayed “atoms” and graph the results.

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Website: Energy for Educators

Operated by the Idaho National Laboratory, the Energy for Educators Website offers excellent lessons on energy topics for all grade levels, including on wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, nuclear, and biomass energy sources.

Teachers will also find news about the Energy workshops, INL wind resources, real-time wind data, “energy myths,” and a write-in “ask a scientist” page.

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Argonne’s Nuclear Engineering Division Student Outreach Committee

ARGThe Nuclear Engineering Division Student Outreach Committee responds to requests from student organizations for speakers on nuclear energy and non-proliferation topics, provides students serving appointments at Argonne with opportunities to learn about the various areas of work in which the division is active, and maintains regular communications with university nuclear engineering programs. Furthermore, the committee has been assembling a set of Web links to educational resources on nuclear energy geared to grade school, junior high, and high school students and their teachers and educators (follow the links “Nuclear Energy Learning Resources for Schools” or “Resources for Schools”).

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