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Curiosity. Learning. Inspiration.

Classrooms are filled with students always eager to know more. ANS is standing side-by-side with our nation’s educators through our newly developed, bold education initiative, Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™. This program allows students to research and discover the answers to many important questions, like How does nuclear actually power our homes and communities, ensure safe food for our tables, keep us healthy, and catapult us to the far reaches of space? 

The ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information has joined forces with Discovery Education (DE), whose digital resources are subscribed to by nearly 50% of U.S. schools. Through the use of DE's digital platforms, ANS's new K-12, STEM education program, offering a suite of innovative curricular resources, started reaching students and classrooms across the country as of August 2018. 

The same curriculum and education materials are available to all other schools and educators who don’t subscribe to the Discovery Education digital platform, as well as the general public, through navigatingnuclear.com.



“This broad network ensures our content and messaging will consistently be a part of teachers’ lesson plans across the country.”

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


Navigating Nuclear explores topics such as:

  • Facts about nuclear power
  • How energy is stored in the nucleus
  • Fission and fusion
  • Naturally occurring and human-made radiation
  • How reactors produce electricity
  • Reactors of the future

The program’s digital platform is lively and responsive, offering teachers a leading-edge educational experience with the newest information. Students can delve deeply into the nuclear world, applying their creativity to self-directed STEM projects, finding inspiration in the stories of nuclear professionals, and exploring a nuclear power plant through an interactive virtual field trip (available online this October).



“ANS has an unwavering commitment to our members and the nuclear field—it is our mission to support the important work of our members and share it with the public.”

— Bob Fine, ANS Executive Director


Why this initiative and why now?

It is critical that we educate people on the benefits and value of the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. We’re starting in the classroom one child at a time, engaging, educating, and inspiring the next generation.

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 August 14, 2018, 3:21pm CDT

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