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Energy Action Game
Energy Action Game

Use this Monopoly style board game to introduce the importance of a balanced energy mix to your students. Players will purchase utilities, pay for electricity, buy modifications for…

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Chain Reaction – Critical Mass
Chain Reaction – Critical Mass

Introduction The splitting of a massive nucleus into two fragments, each with a smaller mass than the original is known as nuclear fission. A typical example of nuclear…

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What is Fission?
What is Fission?

Objective: To demonstrate the concept of nuclear fission and its resulting burst of energy to younger students. Grade Level: Middle school and elementary Time Required: Five to ten…

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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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Seeing the Unseen : Rutherford’s Experiment
Seeing the Unseen : Rutherford’s Experiment

Time Required: 30 minutes Objective: Measure the shape of a hidden object by analyzing entry and rebound paths for a marble rolled at the object. Advance Preparation: Plastic-foam…

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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…

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Modeling Radioactive & Stable Atoms
Modeling Radioactive & Stable Atoms

TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS Use this as a demonstration or as a hands-on activity for students. Introduction: Radioactive atoms emitting beta particles will change into the element which is one…

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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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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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Half-Life of Paper, M&M’s, Pennies, or Puzzle Pieces
Half-Life of Paper, M&M’s, Pennies, or Puzzle Pieces

Objectives: Students try to model radioactive decay by using the scientific thought process of creating a hypothesis, then testing it through inference. It is a great introduction to…

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