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ReActions April 2019

April 17, 2019 Volume 46
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In April, the end of the school year seems both right around the corner and as if it will never come. But we have a few things that might lift your mood in the final—and finals—days. We’re even offering a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card, just for telling us what you want from ANS. See, April doesn’t have to be the cruelest month.

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At ANS, we want to provide you with the tools you need to help students succeed in nuclear science. That’s why we collaborated with Discovery Education to create Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™, a fact-based nuclear science curriculum for middle school that meets Next Generation Science Standards.
We’re now reviewing and revising all of our existing resources so they also support the NGSS. We started with creating teaching modules on essential nuclear processes—fission, fusion, and radioactive decay—as well as nuclear power and the nuclear fuel cycle. Each module includes a high-quality, downloadable PowerPoint presentations with suggestions for activities, links to lesson plans, and educational handouts. Feel free to adapt the PowerPoints for your own needs. They come locked for editing; just make a copy for yourself to edit as you like.

Help your students remember the similarities and differences between nuclear processes with a colorful new poster: Nuclear Fission vs Nuclear Fusion. The poster is 24 by 36 inches and printed on heavy stock so it will decorate your walls—and assist your students—for years to come. You can purchase a copy in the ANS Store, where you’ll find other teaching tools such as colorful bookmarks, the Anatomy of an Atom die-cut activity and even a coloring book.

ANS wants to know how we can help you teach nuclear science, so we’re giving you the chance to win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card in exchange for just a few minutes of your time. We want to know what topics interest you, what you want to see in ReActions, and how we can support your professional development. So, we encourage you to participate in this brief online survey, answer a few questions, and then you’ll be entered in the drawing to win. We’ll appreciate it a latte.

Navigating Nuclear Science: Effective Teaching and Learning Strategies Join ANS in Minneapolis June 8 Registration required; early bird rate ends May 17

The Navigating Nuclear Science: Effective Teaching and Learning Strategies teacher workshop is coming to Minneapolist, MN, June 9, from 9 a.m. ‘til about 4 p.m.
All attendees receive a working vintage Geiger-Müller counter, cloud chamber kit, classroom-safe radioactive sources, and teaching materials. A lucky participant will go home with an ANS Isotope Discovery Kit, a game-like activity to help students learn the line of stability interactively. For more information on the workshop, contact

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