ANS holds launch party for virtual field trip to space

May 24, 2021, 1:35PMANS News

ANS celebrated the launch of the newest Navigating Nuclear virtual field trip, “Nuclear Frontiers: Powering Possibility,” with a special watch party held on May 19. The video, which was viewed more than 70,000 times in the first week alone, explores the amazing ways that nuclear science is fueling earthly innovation and deep space exploration.

Details: The virtual field trip is part of the Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World program, a partnership between ANS, Discovery Education, and the U.S. Department of Energy that has reached more than 1.5 million K-12 students.

“I’m especially appreciative of these curriculum materials having been a K-12 science teacher myself in a previous life,” ANS President Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar said in her opening remarks during the watch party. “I’ve been in the K-12 classroom, and I recognize the importance of roles that teachers play in students’ lives and how hard it can be as a K-12 teacher to be an expert in all these different fields. So, I feel that these curriculum materials are so valuable for that reason.”

Launch party: Following a viewing of the video, Dunzik-Gougar was joined by several special guests, including the key participants in Nuclear Frontiers, for a brief Q&A.

Panelists included Franklin Chang-Diaz, NASA Hall of Fame astronaut and chief executive officer at Ad Astra Rocket Company; Candace Davison, assistant director for Education and Outreach in the Radiation Science and Engineering Center at Penn State University; Melinda Higgins, of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy; and David Poston, leader of the compact fission reactor design team at Los Alamos National Laboratory.



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