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NCSD provides communication among nuclear criticality safety professionals through the development of standards, the evolution of training methods and materials, the presentation of technical data and procedures, and the creation of specialty publications. In these ways, the division furthers the exchange of technical information on nuclear criticality safety with the ultimate goal of promoting the safe handling of fissionable materials outside reactors.
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November 16–19, 2020
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Missouri S&T’s nuclear engineering program gains department status
Missouri S&T’s pool-type nuclear reactor. Photo: Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T
Sixty years ago, the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), then known as the University of Missouri at Rolla, was one of the first U.S. institutions to offer a nuclear engineering degree. Now, decades after it was offered as an option within metallurgical engineering, Missouri S&T’s nuclear program has attained new status as the Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science Department, the university announced on October 20.
The American Nuclear Society is excited to announce the addition of elementary school resources to Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™, the nuclear science curriculum developed with Discovery Education™ and launched in 2018. The U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy provides funding for Navigating Nuclear.
The first elementary resources--two classroom activities--will launch in time for Nuclear Science Week, October 19-23. The activities include an engaging introduction to the structure of the atom and another on making informed energy decisions. STEM Project Starters will be launched throughout the 2020-2021 school year. A Virtual Field Trip on applications of nuclear science and technology for space exploration and colonization will premiere in April 2021.
A fact-based nuclear science curriculum, Navigating Nuclear is designed to guide students in examining the ways nuclear energy powers our world and in exploring real-world applications of nuclear processes. The same resources available to classrooms that subscribe to the Discovery Education in-classroom platform are also available free online at navigatingnuclear.com.
Navigating Nuclear explores topics such as:
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 professional development activities for teachers.
Take an even closer look at Navigating Nuclear with these two informational webinars:
Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™ is having a stellar debut in high school. Secondary school resources were added to the nuclear science and technology curriculum created by ANS and Discovery Education in October 2019. Since the first two high school lessons launched, nearly three times as many page views, visits, and visitors were recorded on the program website—navigatingnuclear.com—than in the month prior. In addition, the site saw its second-highest number of downloads with more than 1,100 downloads recorded. The most downloads recorded since launching the program was in October 2018, when the program's first Virtual Field Trip (VFT) premiered. The newest VFT offers a behind-the-scenes tour of Idaho National Laboratory. It debuts on February 18, 2020.
“Our members are involved in nuclear science and technology every day. They are the professionals actually making advances in nuclear science and technology. With Navigating Nuclear, ANS is contributing the most up-to-date information and research on nuclear science, nuclear energy, and their applications. Discovery Education turns that information into engaging curriculum resources.”
— Eric Loewen, Navigating Nuclear Subject Matter Expert Team Leader & ANS Past President (2011-12)
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 September 23, 2020, 12:07pm CDT