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.

Nuclear Technology in Industry – Everyday Applications
Nuclear Technology in Industry – Everyday Applications

Background: Atoms that emit radiation are called radioisotopes. There are radioisotopes of most of the chemical elements on earth. Some occur naturally; many more can be made, for…

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September 2013
September 2013

September 2013                 In This Issue Teach Nuclear? To Whom? Your Brain on Sugar An Artificial Leaf? Tabletop Accelerator ANS Teacher…

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Using the Radiation Dose Chart
Using the Radiation Dose Chart

Comparing the Effects of Where You Live and How You Live Objective: Build student’s ability to read and interpret information on the worksheet. Develop understanding of natural background…

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The Atoms Family
The Atoms Family

Grade Level: K-5 The Atoms Family Color and Activity Book introduces children to the benefits of nuclear science and technology in our daily lives. The book includes 24…

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A Day With The Atom
A Day With The Atom

Grade Levels: 5-12 What would our world be like today if radiation had not been harnessed to serve our human needs? One way to gain a small appreciation…

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Personal Radiation Dose Chart
Personal Radiation Dose Chart

Grade Level: 5-12 Our daily exposure to radiation comes from numerous sources within our environment.  The annual dose to which we are subjected depends upon where and how…

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Insider’s View Series
Insider’s View Series

Grade Level: 5-12 Nuclear science and technology is the subject of increasing international interest due to many factors, including the environmental benefits of nuclear energy; the production and…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Source Energy Equivalents
INFOGRAPHIC: Source Energy Equivalents

Grade Level: 5-12 DID YOU KNOW? 1 Uranium fuel pellet, without being reprocessed and recycled, has about as much energy available in today's Light Water Reactor (LWR) as:…

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Source Energy Equivalents Pellet Card
Source Energy Equivalents Pellet Card

Grade Level: 7-12 A simulated uranium fuel pellet is attached to this card.  The quantity of energy that can be released from this amount of nuclear fuel is…

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Questions and Answers – Nuclear Energy Facts: Nuclear Energy and Electricity
Questions and Answers – Nuclear Energy Facts: Nuclear Energy and Electricity

Grade Level: 7-12 The Q&A - Nuclear Energy Facts: Nuclear Energy and Electricity booklet contains the answers to more than 40 of the most commonly asked questions about…

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