By having students research the history of nuclear science and technology, you can help them realize how quickly the field has developed and awaken them to the many applications.
Although X-rays, nuclear radiation, and radioactive elements were discovered in the 1890’s, many milestones in the application of nuclear technology have been in the past 60 to 70 years. The task is for students to review a list of events related to nuclear technology and determine the decade in which it occurred. Have the students use the internet, textbooks, or an encyclopedia to research the information.
Match the nuclear technology events to the decade in which each occurred. There are THREE EVENTS for each decade. Match the letter to the proper decade. Key study or reference words are in bold-type.
Nuclear Technology Time Line Events
1940’s: 3 main events: _____, _____, _____
1950’s: 3 main events: _____, _____, _____
1960’s: 3 main events: _____, _____, _____
1970’s: 3 main events: _____, _____, _____
1980’s: 3 main events: _____, _____, _____
1990’s: 3 main events: _____, _____, _____
TEACHER ANSWER KEY
1940’s: E, K, P
1950’s: B, M, R
1960’s: C, H, L
1970’s: D, H, N
1980’s: A, J, Q
1990’s: F, I, O
Special thanks to Tim DeVries, who gave us permission to adapt this activity from one he originally developed.
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