We've received some feedback suggesting that high school teachers may be a bit "possessive of their classroom time" because they are working very hard to accomplish the goals outlined in state and local curriculum requirements and measured by assessment tests.
Getting time to make a presentation at a high school chemistry, physics, or biology class may require a bit of finesse and advance planning. You may need to appeal to a teacher's self interest on the basis of providing outside input on a topic he or she will need to teach anyway. In that way, your proposed presentation becomes a supplement rather than a distraction.
Here are some suggestions:
You could focus your thinking and presentations on some of the key contributions made by nuclear pioneers, information about how they made their discoveries, and the impact of those discoveries on science and modern life. This type of information would provide historical perspective.
You could focus on topical considerations such as energy and how nuclear science and technology help provide clean energy. You could focus on the medical applications of radioisotopes. There are many possibilities!
At http://www.aboutnuclear.org/view.cgi?fC=History,Hall_of_Fame you will find a list of some nuclear pioneers and a brief summary of their work. On the web page devoted to Junior High/Middle School Classroom visits, you will find some suggestions about topics to cover for specific pioneers. BUT, for high school students, we recommend focusing on the relevant curriculum content rather than celebrating a birthday!
Last updated June 27, 2012, 8:44am CDT.