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Navigating Nuclear is now in high school!

The American Nuclear Society is excited to announce the addition of high school curriculum resources to Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™, the nuclear science curriculum developed with Discovery Education™ and launched in 2018.

The first high school resources include lessons plans on radioactive decay and on power plant efficiency. STEM Project Starters, digital lessons, and two additional lesson plans will be launched throughout the 2019-2020 school year. The high school curriculum and an elementary curriculum to be launched in 2020 are made possible by funding from the United States Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy.

In addition, Idaho National Laboratory will be the setting for an exciting Virtual Field Trip, set to premiere in February 2020.

About Navigating Nuclear

A fact-based nuclear science curriculum, Navigating Nuclear is designed to guide students in examining the ways nuclear energy powers our world and in exploring real-world applications of nuclear processes. The same resources available to classrooms that subscribe to the Discovery Education in-classroom platform are also available free online at

  • Navigating Nuclear explores topics such as:
  • Facts about nuclear power
  • How energy is stored in the nucleus
  • Using fission, fusion, and radioactive decay to power our world
  • How reactors produce electricity
  • Reactors of the future
  • And more

Add Navigating Nuclear to your outreach programs

ANS has put together a guidebook to introduce you to the Navigating Nuclear program. This resource will help you make the most of your outreach programs. Inside you will find ideas for contacting teachers, engaging students, and planning professional development activities for teachers.

Take an even closer look at Navigating Nuclear with these two informational webinars:

Program Progress Report

Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™ is having a stellar debut in high school. Secondary school resources were added to the nuclear science and technology curriculum created by ANS and Discovery Education in October 2019. Since the first two high school lessons launched, nearly three times as many page views, visits, and visitors were recorded on the program website——than in the month prior. In addition, the site saw its second-highest number of downloads with more than 1,100 downloads recorded. The most downloads recorded since launching the program was in October 2018, when the program's first Virtual Field Trip (VFT) premiered. The newest VFT offers a behind-the-scenes tour of Idaho National Laboratory. It debuts on February 18, 2020.

Navigating Nuclear launched in 2018 with a middle school curriculum including lessons, career profiles, STEM project starters, and an exciting virtual field trip to Palo Verde Generating Station in Arizona. Since then, more than 612,000 students have engaged with the curriculum. The Navigating Nuclear website has seen more than 88,000 page views, and there have been more than 6,800 views of the virtual field trip. Enjoy this 30-second clip of the Navigating Nuclear Virtual Field Trip. Enjoy this 30-second clip of the Navigating Nuclear Virtual Field Trip.

“Our members are involved in nuclear science and technology every day. They are the professionals actually making advances in nuclear science and technology. With Navigating Nuclear, ANS is contributing the most up-to-date information and research on nuclear science, nuclear energy, and their applications. Discovery Education turns that information into engaging curriculum resources.”

— Eric Loewen, Navigating Nuclear Subject Matter Expert Team Leader & ANS Past President (2011-12)

How you can help

Help support Navigating Nuclear and the ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information by making a contribution today.

Navigating Nuclear is an ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information program developed in conjunction with Discovery Education.

Last modified December 16, 2019, 1:32pm CST