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ReActions April 2018


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As the school year comes to a close, you may be thinking about your own education as much as your students’. In this special professional development issue, we’ve gathered information about some of summer’s most popular nuclear science workshops hosted by ANS members.  All of them have been educating teachers in nuclear science and technology for years. Bonus? You’ll receive a Geiger-Müller counter to take home at each of them as well as numerous other teaching tools.

April 10, 2018 Volume 43
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Ideas and Inspiration for Teaching Nuclear Science

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One of the American Nuclear Society’s most popular initiatives is our national workshop on nuclear science and technology, “Detecting Radiation in our Radioactive World.” It is presented twice each year in conjunction with the ANS’s Annual and Winter meetings. This summer, the workshop will be held June 16 at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, 1201 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, from 8 a.m. ‘til 5 p.m.  You’ll learn the latest in nuclear science and technology as well as engaging teaching methods that are designed for the NGSS. Instruction is interactive, combining lectures and activities. With a minimum of three presenters, you’ll also get plenty of personal attention. All workshop attendees take home valuable teaching tools including classroom-safe radioactive sources, a cloud chamber kit, and a working vintage Geiger-Müller detector. Everyone also has a chance to win one of two Isotope Discovery Kits (each valued at nearly $600), an interactive teaching tool that provides students with an understanding of isotopes and their relationship to the Line of Stability. Register on the ANS website before May 31. Early birds get a discount of 20 percent through April 30.

Acceptance into this week-long, three credit-hour course is on a first come, first served basis, so don’t wait too long to register! The curriculum, which targets NGSS standard PS.1, is presented at an introductory graduate level. Topics in the first two days of the class cover fundamental aspects of nuclear phenomena, including atomic and nuclear physics, radioactive decay, nuclear reactions, types of radiation, radiation detection, and interactions of radiation with matter. Agricultural, industrial, medical, and research applications will be the focus of the next two days in addition to nuclear energy systems. Costs for participants, except the fee for university credit, are covered by the workshop sponsors. Register soon on the course website.

Teachers from all over the United States have attended this annual, four-day workshop hosted by the university’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. Through classroom, laboratory, and field trip experiences, the four days will broaden your understanding of nuclear science by providing factual, up-to-date information. The registration fee of just $75 is made possible by generous support from the Virginia Section of the American Nuclear Society and other workshop sponsors. The fee includes accommodations on campus, all meals, tours of North Anna Nuclear Power Station and VCU’s nuclear medicine facilities, teaching materials, and, of course, a Geiger-Müller counter. Visit the VA-ANS website for information and to register. The deadline is June 15, 2018.


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