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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Standards-aligned, fact-based curriculum available to any teacher
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.
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:
• Fusion and Fission: Think Nucleus
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:
• 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.
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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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