D.C. teachers experiment with nuclear science
La Grange Park, IL (November 5, 2007)
- Local science teachers will take part in a one-day workshop sponsored by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) on Saturday, November 10 at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. The workshop will bring together area educators and members of the ANS to share their practices and strategies in helping students explore nuclear science and technology in the classroom and learn about its applications around the world.
Presenters at the ANS workshop titled, "Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World," are nuclear experts who will demonstrate and explain science lab activities for teachers, using readily material found around the house.
- Using a cloud chamber and dry ice to create a mini-cloud to show trails of radioactive emissions not normally visual with the naked eye that reveals how radiation is all around but we never see it.
- Changing a colored salt, exposed to gamma radiation, back to white, representing how items can store energy from gamma radiation but won't make them radioactive.
The workshop begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Pre-registered teachers who participate in the full-day workshop receive a Geiger counter for use as a teaching aide in the classroom. Information provided in this one-day workshop will deal with the structure of atoms, radiation, energy of different types of radiation, interactions of energy and matter, nuclear reactions, sources of radiation in everyday life, and ways to detect and quantify that radiation. The workshop is designed to provide information and training for educators to address the National Science Education Standards.
Funding for this and other ANS outreach work is provided to the ANS Public Education Program through contributions by ANS members and organizations.
For more information go to http://www.ans.org/pi/edu/teachers/workshops/