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Materials in Nuclear Energy Systems (MiNES 2023)
December 10–14, 2023
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Seventy years ago to the day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his historic address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. (See December 2023 Nuclear News's “Leaders” column to read the reflections of Kathryn Huff, the Department of Energy’s assistant secretary for nuclear energy, on the speech’s anniversary.)
Spark a reaction in your classroom with nuclear science!
Engage your students in the fascinating world of nuclear science with standards-aligned resources that connect them to applications of nuclear processes. Students will explore the science behind creating energy with fission and fusion. They'll learn how to measure and use radiation--something they can't even see. And they'll apply what they learn to address real-world challenges.
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Educators can watch this short video to learn the best ways to implement the lesson plan resources in the classroom.
Candace Davison, assistant director of education and outreach at Penn State's Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, takes you from acquiring Geiger counters and radioactive sources to setting up the lab in your classroom.
Educator Lesson Plan | 135-180 Minutes
Students will explore the science behind nuclear power and apply what they learn to examine examples of the uses of nuclear power in electricity generation, space probes, and nuclear submarines.
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Through a series of investigations, students will explore the science behind measuring radiation and use what they learn to examine real-world uses of measuring radiation in detecting smoke in their homes, determining the properties of high-mass radioactive nuclei, and scanning shipments at seaports and airports.
Types of Energy
How does the energy stored in an atom's nucleus transform into the electricity that powers our lives?
Students will create a model of a nuclear power plant and explain the energy transformation in different parts of a nuclear reactor.
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Our Solar System and Beyond
How could nuclear fusion and fission change the way we power our lives?
Students will research the feasibility, advantages, and challenges of compact fission and fusion reactors as a source of power on Earth. They will support their work using data and calculations.
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How can a pill that uses radiation help doctors diagnose and treat diseases?
Students will research the uses of radiation in medicine and explore applications of radiation treatment. They will suggest how a radiopharmaceutical could be improved and propose an investigation to validate their design.
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