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ReActions September 2018

We’ve got exciting news! The ANS Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information has joined forces with Discovery Education to help you teach your students about the important role of nuclear science in the modern world with Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World™. Launched August 15, Navigating Nuclear brings you a fact-based nuclear science curriculum designed to guide students in examining the ways nuclear energy powers our world and in exploring real-world applications of nuclear processes. Read all about it in this special edition of ReActions and let us know what you think!

September 5, 2018 Volume 44
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Let's Navigate Nuclear!

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Navigating Nuclear raises the standard in nuclear science education through a collaboration that combines Discovery Education’s global expertise in creating dynamic digital content with the expertise of ANS’s membership. Navigating Nuclear provides you with a roadmap to successfully explore this topic in the classroom and make nuclear science accessible and exciting for students. Every element in the Navigating Nuclear curriculum was reviewed by a national panel of independent educators, and content was vetted by ANS subject matter experts. Navigating Nuclear resources include NGSS-aligned digital lesson plans, STEM project starters, nuclear industry career profiles, and an exciting upcoming Virtual Field Trip—all available free of charge to any teacher.

It’s easy to navigate the world of nuclear energy and other related fields in your classroom with Navigating Nuclear’s digital lessons: Nuclear Energy and Measuring Radiation. Each lesson begins with students examining misconceptions and facts about nuclear science which they use and build on as they explore real-word examples of the uses of nuclear power and measuring radiation. Educator guides, PowerPoint presentations, and student activity sheets are also included for each lesson.
In addition, ANS member, Candace Davison, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach for the Radiation Science and Engineering Center, College of Engineering at Penn State University, walks you through teaching Measuring Radiation in a 5-minute instructional video. A member of our educator professional development team, Candace shares her knowledge and recommendations for executing the lesson—from where to find Geiger counters and radioactive sources to how to set up lesson activities in the classroom.

Students put STEM course concepts in action, allowing them to apply lessons learned in the classroom to real-world problems and discover their own solutions. Each STEM project starter contains a guiding question, teacher note, student-facing prompt, and station for students to show their work and share their findings. Assign STEM Project Starters to your students, or let them choose from these three options:
• From Atoms to Electricity. Students will create a model of a nuclear power plant and explain the energy transformation in different parts of a nuclear reactor, as they answer the question, how does the energy stored in an atom’s nucleus transform into the electricity that powers our lives?

• Fusion and Fission: Think Nucleus
Asks how nuclear fusion and fission could change the way we power our lives. Students will research the feasibility, advantages, and challenges of compact fission and fusion reactors as a source of power on Earth. Then, they will support their work using data and calculations.

• Radiopharmaceuticals
How can a pill that uses radiation help doctors diagnose and treat diseases? That’s the guiding question in this Project Starter. Students will research the uses of radiation in medicine and explore applications of radiation treatment. They will suggest how a radiopharmaceutical could be improved and propose an investigation to validate their design.

Career profiles help you extend discussions around STEM applications beyond the classroom with real world examples of people in nuclear-related careers. For Navigating Nuclear, three ANS members from three different fields discuss their careers in nuclear and advise students on pursuing their own career in nuclear science and technology. Meet our members:
• Natalie McIntosh, fuels reliability engineer at Exelon.
• Sukesh Aghara, Ph. D., associate professor of Chemical Engineering and the Director of the Nuclear Engineering Program and the Integrated Nuclear Security and Safeguards Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (UMass Lowell).

• M. Alex Brown, radiochemist, Argonne National Laboratory.

Join us as we go on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and learn how robots, drones and virtual reality are used in the creation of environmentally friendly electrical power using nuclear technologies.

Events
Teacher Workshop: Nuclear Science and Technology November 10, 2018 Registration opens soon!

Join ANS subject matter experts as we explore content and teaching methods on topics radioactive decay, nuclear energy, applications of radiation, and more. Each participant receives a Geiger counter and cloud chamber for their classroom.

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