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The Museum’s Education Department is staffed with professionals with years of experience in all levels of education and in multiple areas of curriculum. If you are unable to find the answer to your question below, one of our educators may be able to help you.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History feels the following resources are beneficial and would like to provide a service to teachers but does not endorse any of the sites.
ScienceEducation.gov EL, MS, HS, T
This site connects teachers and students to free, federally-funded Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education resources. This site has links to hundreds of government sponsored websites including NASA, DOE, USGS and NIH.
National Lab Network T
When teachers post a project on NLN, the e-matching platform links teachers to STEM professionals interested in the project. Add a professional to your teaching team.
NBC Learn EL, MS
NBC Learn offers excellent free resources on energy as well as other subjects and especially current events stories. It also offers the opportunity to purchase programs.
Science Fair Central EL, MS, HS
National Energy Education Development Program EL, MS, HS, T
An excellent resource for teaching students about all types of energy. Check out their Teacher Professional Development offerings in your area! http://www.need.org/
Energy Education EL, MS, HS
This Department of Energy site teaches your students the importance of green energy while enhancing your required curriculum. Here you'll find many creative lesson plans, labs, projects and other activities for grades K-12 on energy-related topics. Incorporate them into your classroom. Prepare your students for a greener future!
DOE Office of Nuclear Energy T
Explore the Office of Nuclear Energy website to find a simple half-life activity for elementary students using M&M’s. This site has activities for K-12 as well as teacher resources.
Chem4Kids EL, MS
This site teaches kids about the atom basics.
The Periodic Table of Comic Books MS, HS
This is a periodic table of comic books, which also houses information on which comics involve which elements.
Web Elements MS, HS
An interesting interactive periodic table with more detailed information.
The Harnessed Atom MS, HS
The Harnessed Atom is a comprehensive middle school resource that provides students and teachers with an accurate and unbiased learning guide about nuclear energy.
The Harnessed Atom – Student's Guide reviews the basic scientific principles that underlie nuclear energy and focuses on atoms, radiation, the technology of our number two source of electricity, and issues concerning nuclear energy.
The Harnessed Atom – Teacher's Guide contains suggestions for using the materials and is designed to help teachers in scheduling and planning lessons that teach concepts and develop basic skills. Included in the book are discussion questions, answers to review exercises, a list of materials, and a list of additional resources.
ABC’s of Nuclear Science MS, HS
This is a detailed description of Nuclear Structure even though it’s called basic nuclear science. Written primarily for high school students, it does include activities and information for all grade levels.
Chemistry Overview MS, HS
This site introduces and explains the various components of Nuclear Chemistry. There are pictures, problems and case studies for teachers to use in their classroom. The site also includes a snapshot of nuclear science historical discoveries.
American Nuclear Society
This is an interesting chart that helps determine your annual personal background radiation dose from the American Nuclear Society. Browse the website for more useful information.
EPA Website on Radiation Protection HS
The main EPA website on radiation with some useful links which contain more detailed information.
Electromagnetic Spectrum MS, HS
A diagram of the electromagnetic spectrum with wavelength, frequency and energy information.
NASA - Electromagnetic Spectrum MS, HS
This NASA site looks at the various wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation.
Idaho State University - Radiation & Risk
This is a really good resource about Radiation and Risk. After calculating your annual radiation dose visit this page to learn more about those numbers.
U.S. EPA MS, HS
This US Environmental Protection Agency provides an on-line calculator for determining your annual average dose of radiation from natural and man-made sources. This is a perfect experiment for your computer lab.
This is a very simple applet interactive tool which lets you choose one of 15 isotopes and watch them decay into their daughter products.
The Radon Game
Middle School level Radon game in PDF format with teacher instructions. (pg.99 – Activity 6)
National Institutes of Health - Kid’s page EL, MS
Site showing that there are many beneficial uses of radiation and radioactivity. This is a page for kids from the National Institutes of Health.
One Nuclear Place T
This site provides links to nuclear websites for all aspects of nuclear energy.
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission MS, HS
A Nuclear Regulatory Commission site with good information on nuclear energy and radiation.
How Nuclear Power Works MS, HS
Sections on nuclear fission as well as the inside of a nuclear power plant.
Control The Nuclear Power Plant (Demonstration) MS, HS
This site offers a nuclear power plant simulation that can be manipulated by students.
RadWaste.org - Teacher’s Corner T
This site discusses the need to try and get a balanced view of information and resources concerning nuclear science. It provides a wealth of links for teachers to explore.
Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues HS, T
The Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues provides a web-based source of information on a host of interesting topics including nuclear science, the Manhattan Project, the Cold War, nuclear power, nuclear medicine, and nuclear waste. This library provides authoritative information that has been vetted through a National Advisory Board. This Board has been selected on the basis of their knowledge and experience in areas of importance to the library.
Nuclear Wall Chart HS
The Nuclear Science Division together with CPEP (the Contemporary Physics Education Project) have produced the Nuclear Science Wall Chart. You can order classroom materials and request reproduction rights for printed materials.
Atomic History/Nuclear Proliferation
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation HS
The Nuclear Files is one effort to provide the average person access to important documents that often disappear from the public realm and seem to be accessible only to specialists. There is a timeline and information on a variety of nuclear topics.
IAEA MS, HS
The International Atomic Energy Agency site provides information about educational opportunities for youth from all countries. The school session uses international lecturers to provide information about topics including: nuclear power; nuclear fuel cycle and waste management; energy planning, economics and finance; nuclear safety, nuclear law, international conventions and relevant mechanisms; as well as nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards.
History of the Atomic Bomb MS, HS
This site explores the complex history surrounding the invention of the atomic bomb.
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