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Your students can learn a great deal about nuclear science and technology using the internet. You can give them the gentle push that gets them exploring www.NuclearConnect.org .the new web site provided by the Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information.
At www.NuclearConnect.org/in-the-classroom you will find some useful resources. That page gives you opportunities to access materials prepared for teachers or students, or to explore ideas for science projects. As a start, you may want to explore the teacher materials and the student pages.
How you can utilize this collection of materials
A section of the new web site — titled, KNOW NUKES — contains biographical information about some of the pioneers in the nuclear field who made significant discoveries. You and your students will find names as familiar as Bohr, Rutherford, Einstein, and Edison. You may read about contributions they made to nuclear science, including contributions that are not familiar to you. You will also find names which are not as familiar — names like Becquerel, Evans, Meitner, or Hahn. You may discover some impressive contributions made by those scientists who are less familiar to you.
You could structure a student activity around having students learn about these people and then asking the students to construct a time line or sequence of discoveries.
At the bottom of the KNOW NUKES page, you will find clusters of information, grouped under these topics: Science, Technology, Applications, and Nuclear Matters.As you peruse these pages, you are likely to find several themes which you can use to expand the students’ knowledge and understanding of nuclear applications -applications which go far beyond energy.
Career opportunities abound in the nuclear field. There are jobs for scientists with advanced degrees, engineering positions for students who graduate with a four year degree, excellent jobs for well trained technicians who have a two year degree with a special focus, and opportunities for skilled machinists, welders, and other trades people. You can have your students explore the CAREER related pages of NuclearConnect.org to discover the breadth of opportunities. You could ask students to identify jobs in the nuclear industry for people with an interest in biology and medicine, an interest in environmental science and ecology, a passion for arts and archeology, etc.
Familiarize students with key words. The pages of www.NuclearConnect.org
are filled with information about the science, technology and application of nuclear materials. You could provide students with a list of terms or phrases that you want them to understand. Then, challenge them to find the meanings or explanations on these pages.
Here are some other challenges you might give to students, using the resources of NuclearConnect.org
What is non-ionizing radiation? What are some uses of non-ionizing radiation?
What are the three main types of ionizing radiation? How do we minimize our exposure to radiation?
How are fission and fusion different from each other? What do they have in common?
The term “Cold Pasteurization” is used to refer to what application of nuclear? What is the purpose of this application of nuclear energy?
Is there any evidence that suggests the human body adjusts to higher levels of radiation? Please explain or give examples.
How is a pressurized water reactor different from a boiling water reactor? What are the principles of safety in designing a reactor?
Medical applications of nuclear require some very specific isotopes. In what ways are these isotopes produced?
You may find other challenges to present to students as they use this web resource. You can utilize the site as an introduction to nuclear topics, as a way to expand knowledge, or as a review tool.We hope you and your students have fun learning at www.NuclearConnect.org .