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 .

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.

Fission Demonstration
Fission Demonstration

Description:With the Fission Demonstration, students gain a better understanding of nuclear fission and fusion. Students are able to visualize and model what is meant by nuclear fission. By…

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Radiation Types : Modeling Radioactive & Stable Atoms
Radiation Types : Modeling Radioactive & Stable Atoms

Description: With the Modeling Radioactive and Stable Atoms activity, students gain a better understanding of the differences between radioactive atoms and stable atoms. Students gain a better understanding…

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Energy Production : Critical Mass
Energy Production : Critical Mass

Description: With the Critical Mass Demonstration, students gain a better understanding of critical mass and how a chain reaction can become uncontrolled. Students are able to visualize what…

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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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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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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 Foundation…

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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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Radtown USA
Radtown USA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s student-focused radiation website, RadTown, has launched with a new look and feel. This interactive, virtual community provides information for students  and teachers about…

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October 2013
October 2013

          Fusion: Scientists Move Closer to Ignition Scientists and engineers have long wanted to develop technology enabling them to utilize fusion reactions as a…

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Constructing a Time Line of Developments in Nuclear Science
Constructing a Time Line of Developments in Nuclear Science

Objectives Learn about the early development of atomic and nuclear science Develop teamwork by sharing information Tools Use standard library resources such as an encyclopedia, specialized science encyclopedia,…

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