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Radiation Types : Modeling Radioactive & Stable Atoms
Radiation Types : Modeling Radioactive & Stable Atoms

Description: With the Modeling Radioactive and Stable Atoms activity, students gain a better understanding of the differences between radioactive atoms and stable atoms. Students gain a better understanding…

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Energy Production : Critical Mass
Energy Production : Critical Mass

Description: With the Critical Mass Demonstration, students gain a better understanding of critical mass and how a chain reaction can become uncontrolled. Students are able to visualize what…

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Mouse Trap Reactor
Mouse Trap Reactor

Description: The Mouse Trap Reactor is a visual representation of a chain reaction in a confined space. Useful as an analogy for an uncontrolled nuclear reaction. Background: The…

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Nuclear Chain Reaction Using Dominoes
Nuclear Chain Reaction Using Dominoes

Materials: Bunch of dominos Ruler Flat table that doesn't shake Directions: Arrange the dominos in the pattern shown.       On another section of the table, arrange…

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Marble Nuclei Project
Marble Nuclei Project

The Marble Nuclei Project is co-sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). Both are funded by the National Science Foundation…

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How Radioisotopes Work
How Radioisotopes Work

Materials: Jar of water colored food dye stalk of celery Directions: Place a stalk of celery in colored water. Watch it for a day or two. What happens?        …

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Radtown USA
Radtown USA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s student-focused radiation website, RadTown, has launched with a new look and feel. This interactive, virtual community provides information for students  and teachers about…

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Constructing a Time Line of Developments in Nuclear Science
Constructing a Time Line of Developments in Nuclear Science

Objectives Learn about the early development of atomic and nuclear science Develop teamwork by sharing information Tools Use standard library resources such as an encyclopedia, specialized science encyclopedia,…

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Nuclear Technology in Industry – Everyday Applications
Nuclear Technology in Industry – Everyday Applications

Background: Atoms that emit radiation are called radioisotopes. There are radioisotopes of most of the chemical elements on earth. Some occur naturally; many more can be made, for…

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Using the Radiation Dose Chart
Using the Radiation Dose Chart

Comparing the Effects of Where You Live and How You Live Objective: Build student’s ability to read and interpret information on the worksheet. Develop understanding of natural background…

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