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ReActions – November 2015

November 25, 2015 Volume 35
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Climate Change Solutions

Last year, Ms. Vasiliauskas from the International Community School in Kirkland, Washington, challenged her 8th grade Earth Science students to develop, improve, and/or promote various solutions to climate change.  Four remarkable students created a website explaining the basic scientific concepts of nuclear fission, reactor design, and promoted the Generation IV Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) as a solution for minimizing greenhouse gases. Given the LFTR’s unprecedented safety features, efficient energy production, and minimized cost, the students felt this type of reactor could be the future of nuclear.  The students were also encouraged to reach out to people who may be able to help them, or benefit from their research. This led them to the American Nuclear Society.


Their goal was to educate the public and rid them of the perpetual fear of nuclear energy’s perceived lack of safety.  They hope that their education efforts will increase support for local nuclear reactor development, and thus will help boost the production of clean energy.


In order to help enlighten the public, we encourage you to visit their site, take the pre-learning survey, read through the pages, and take the post-learning survey.

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In September 2015, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) interviewed 9th grade students Svetloslav Dimitrov and Theo Gregersen from the International Community School in Kirkland, Washington, to find out more about their climate solution website project.  We were joined by their classmate, Sanjay Raman, whose project was on designing a Hyper-Catalysis Radioactive Capture Module (HCRCM). Here is what they had to say:


In December, representatives of world governments will take on one of the most daunting technological challenges of our time: ratifying an agreement to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80 percent by 2050. They will meet in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).

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As your students are getting excited about the premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, take this opportunity to teach them about how nuclear technology makes our exploration of deep space possible. Radioisotopic Thermoelectric Generators (RTG) have been involved in more than 25 space missions, providing power in deep space for Voyager 1 and 2, several Apollo missions, Galileo, Nimbus and LES.  RTGs have enabled major scientific accomplishments such as:

  • the Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe’s exploration of Saturn and Titan, one of its moons, since 2004
  • the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2014
  • the flyby images of Pluto from the New Horizons mission in 2015

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We challenged middle and high school students across the U.S. to showcase their artistic talents and educate the public about the benefits of nuclear science and technology. From nuclear energy to space applications, students submitted memes and posters explaining why the world needs nuclear. Here are the 2015 winners…

Teach Nuclear Science With Confidence Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World March 6 / Phoenix, AZ

This full-day professional development workshop will prepare attendees to teach the basics about radiation, how we detect radiation, and uses of nuclear science and technology in society. Teachers who complete the workshop will receive a Teacher Resource Guide,  radiation sources, and a Civil Defense Geiger counter.

Summer Workshop Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World June 11 / New Orleans, LA

You are invited to join other teachers and nuclear professionals to explore the basics about radiation and how it benefits our everyday lives. Learn about demonstrations suitable for the classroom and experience hands-on activities to share with your students.

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