In the Classroom

For Educators

Nuclear science and technology can be incorporated into any STEM lesson plan from biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, physical science, life science, environmental and just general science.

Classroom Activities

ANS’s engaging activities are designed to engage the learning styles of students of all ages.  Each activity, from making atoms visible with cloud chambers to using licorice to demonstrate radioactive half-life, is classroom-tested to improve nuclear science understanding .

Teacher Workshops

teacherworkshopDuring ANS teacher workshops, educators interact with nuclear professionals to explore basic concepts, learn about experiments and demonstrations suitable for the classroom, and experience hands-on activities to share with their students.

Our teacher workshops are possible as a result of the tremendous support from ANS members who volunteer their time and expertise. Workshops are paid for by funding from the Center of Nuclear Science and Technology Information.

Please visit our calendar of events to locate a workshop in your area.

Education Resources

ANS has grade-appropriate STEM resources and project materials available for teachers that explain the many uses of the atom and the vital role of nuclear technology. Electronic versions can be downloaded or viewed on this site, or teachers can purchase prints to handout in their classrooms.  To purchase ANS materials, please visit the ANS Store.

ReActions

ANS’ eNewsletter that provides teachers with articles on nuclear technology, classroom activities, and information about upcoming events.  To receive this eNewsletter, please sign up here.

Modeling Atoms : Mini Rutherford
Modeling Atoms : Mini Rutherford

Description: With the Mini Rutherford Activity, students deduce shapes and sizes of unseen objects by tracking the movements of objects they can see, in relation to the unseen…

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Growing Irradiated Bean Seeds
Growing Irradiated Bean Seeds

Description: What happens to seeds that are exposed to very high levels of radiation? Will they grow normally?                    …

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Did You Know? Bookmarks
Did You Know? Bookmarks

Grade Level: 5 - 8 These 2 ¼ x 8 inch bookmarks with Did You Know? messages make a perfect give-a-way for your students.   Each pack includes 25…

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Teacher Resource Guide: Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World
Teacher Resource Guide: Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World

Grade Level: 5-12 The ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information is pleased to introduce its new teacher resource guide, Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World.  This…

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Isotope Discovery Kit
Isotope Discovery Kit

Grade Level: 9-12 Shelve the dry textbooks and one-dimensional charts.  You will energize your classroom and make science come alive using the Isotope Discovery Kit! Developed by nuclear…

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Top 10 Things You Love (But Didn’t Know) About Nuclear Technology
Top 10 Things You Love (But Didn’t Know) About Nuclear Technology

Grade Level: 5-12 Nuclear science and technology improves our lives in many ways.  From reliable energy, to improved health care and national security, the Top 10 Things You…

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From Harvest to Home
From Harvest to Home

Grade Level: 5-12 From Harvest to Home describes how radiation technology is used to improve the food we eat. This flyer will help your students understand how radiation…

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Anatomy of an Atom
Anatomy of an Atom

Grade Level: All (K-12) The Anatomy of an Atom die cut mobile is a fantastic activity that makes creating a three-dimensional atom fun and easy. Great for classroom…

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Sustainable Solutions for Our World
Sustainable Solutions for Our World

The Sustainable Solutions for Our World brochure describes how nuclear science and technology (NS&T) are crucial to sustainable development, and addressing  the concerns from the Rio+20 conference. It also…

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Medical Use of Radioisotopes
Medical Use of Radioisotopes

Grade Level: 5-12 The Medical Use of Radioisotopes brochure describes the amazing applications of radiation and radioisotopes in the medical field. From sterilization of products, new drug testing,…

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