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New Mexico teachers to teach nuclear science

On Saturday, November 11th science educators from high schools and middle schools in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area, will participate in a hands-on workshop designed to help them educate students in nuclear science and technology.

Held at the Workforce Training Center, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the American Nuclear Society workshop titled, "Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World," will bring teachers and nuclear experts together to share and practice methods used to explain nuclear science in the classroom.

This fun interactive experience will bring teachers and experts together in groups making mini-clouds using dry ice to show trails of radioactive emissions (not normally seen with the naked eye) and the changing colors of salt exposed to gamma radiation, (salt that is brown, back to white) showing how items can store gamma radiation but not be radioactive at the same time.

This full-day workshop features nuclear professionals from government labs, universities and private industries who will share their knowledge on teaching nuclear science and technology and discuss some of the more modern applications nuclear science has in industries such as medicine, energy and space exploration.

The workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teachers must pre-register and will receive a $200 Geiger counter, used to detect radiation from background and man made sources for use as a teaching aide in the classroom for free. The workshop is designed to provide information and training for educators to address the National Science Education Standards.

Funding is provided in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology, and through individual contributions to the ANS Public Education Program.

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