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.

Radioisotopes in Industry
Radioisotopes in Industry

Radioisotopes in Industry This project/demonstration will help students understand how radioisotopes are used in industry for gauging or other uses. Materials flashlight six sheets of paper (8½ x…

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Using the Insider’s View Series: Nuclear Power
Using the Insider’s View Series: Nuclear Power

Teacher Resource: AN INSIDERS VIEW: NUCLEAR POWER Handouts  - boiling water reactor and pressurized water reactor Animated graphics of a boiling water reactor and pressurized water reactor. Student…

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Radioactive Orchestra
Radioactive Orchestra

You and your students can make music using radiation data. But, before you begin, let’s review some background information. Background Humankind has always lived in a vast sea…

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Radioactive Ping-Pong Balls
Radioactive Ping-Pong Balls

TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS:  GRADE LEVEL This activity is appropriate for any age group, depending on the depth of the technical explanations and discussions. The audience here is grade 7…

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Nuclear Technology Time Line Activity
Nuclear Technology Time Line Activity

TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS: By having students research the history of nuclear science and technology, you can help them realize how quickly the field has developed and awaken them to…

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Issues in Transportation of Radioactive Wastes
Issues in Transportation of Radioactive Wastes

The transportation of radioactive wastes to a disposal or storage facility is often perceived as a dangerous undertaking when considering that highway and railway accidents do occur.  By…

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The Electricity Crisis…Can It Happen Here?
The Electricity Crisis…Can It Happen Here?

An Activity for Research and Classroom Discussion Could the California situation happen in your state? Answering that question demands gathering information about many things. In the process, you'll…

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Classroom Role Play – A “Mock” Public Hearing
Classroom Role Play – A “Mock” Public Hearing

Deciding About Construction of a Power Plant Making a decision about whether to build a power plant of any type in a specific location can be a complicated…

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