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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 .

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.

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 workshops are possible due to the support of ANS members who volunteer their time and expertise, and are funded, in part, by the Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information. 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.

Top 10 Myths About Nuclear Energy
Top 10 Myths About Nuclear Energy

Grade Level: 5-12 Whether you are introducing nuclear energy to your students or are discussing the pros and cons of all energy sources as part of sustainability curriculum,…

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Classroom Poster: Fission vs Fusion
Classroom Poster: Fission vs Fusion

Grade Level: 5-12 The Nuclear Fission vs Nuclear Fusion classroom poster will help you explain the difference between fission and fusion to your students. The poster may be…

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Map of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants
Map of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

Grade Level : 5-12 Green stars on the United States map indicate the locations of two new reactor projects that are under construction. Red stars indicate six sites…

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Making Atoms Visible : Cloud Chamber
Making Atoms Visible : Cloud Chamber

Description: Allow students to visualize and understand ionizing radiation. Grade Level: 5-12 Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI, NGSS): 5-PS1-1, MS-PS1-1, MS-PS1-4, HS-PS1-8, HS-PS4-2, HS-PS4-5 Time for Teacher Preparation: 30-60…

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Making Atoms Visible : Autoradiographs
Making Atoms Visible : Autoradiographs

Description: With the Autoradiograph activity, students gain a better understanding of the different types of radiation, alpha, beta, and gamma. This is a way that students can detect…

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Making Atoms Visible : Electroscope
Making Atoms Visible : Electroscope

Description: Easily create an electroscope to detect static electricity and radiation. Grade Level 5-12 Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI, NGSS) 5-PS1-1, MS-PS1-1, MS-PS1-4, HS-PS1-8, HS-PS4-2, HS-PS4-5 Time for Teacher…

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Irradiated Salt Demonstration
Irradiated Salt Demonstration

Materials: Table salt (NaCl) that has been irradiated with at least 180,000 RADs of gamma radiation. (Keep in DARK container or protected from light until ready to perform…

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

Description: With the Half-Life Laboratory, students gain a better understanding of radioactive dating and half-lives. Students are able to visualize and model what is meant by the half-life…

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Half-Life : Licorice
Half-Life : Licorice

Description: With the Half-Life Laboratory, students gain a better understanding of radioactive dating and half-lives. Students are able to visualize and model what is meant by the half-life…

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Measuring and Units : Is it Radioactive?
Measuring and Units : Is it Radioactive?

With the Measuring Laboratory, students gain a better understanding of radioactivity and radiation. Students are able to visualize what is meant by radiation and background radiation. Grade Level…

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