At the Opening Plenary of the 2019 ANS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, the Society announced that the ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information received $1.2 million in funding from the Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE), to continue the development of Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™, the Society's K-12 STEM education initiative launched last year in schools across the nation.
Thanks to the DOE-NE funding, ANS and Discovery Education will collaborate to develop nuclear science curriculum for high school students. ANS will work with Discovery Education to provide new lesson plans, career profiles, and a Virtual Field Trip for students in grades 9-12. Curriculum will be developed for elementary schools in 2020-21 to complete the K-12 initiative.
Classrooms are filled with students always eager to know more. ANS is standing side-by-side with our nation’s educators through Navigating Nuclear. 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.
Watch this 30-second clip of the Navigating Nuclear Virtual Field Tri
Navigating Nuclear explores topics such as:
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.
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.
Listen to ANS Executive Director Bob Fine and ANS Past President Eric Loewen discuss Navigating Nuclear with show host Doug Hardtmayer on the RadioNuclear podcast.
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 teacher professional development activities.
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 June 10, 2019, 6:57pm CDT