2014 – Value of STEM Skills Highlight Nuclear Science Week

Science, Engineering, Technology and Math – popularly known as STEM – is the new wave of specialized training leading to well-paying jobs in technology-based fields ranging from nuclear energy to computer technology, homeland security, space exploration and more.

STEM-based career opportunities will be featured during Nuclear Science Week October 20-24 as employers and educators throughout the Central Savannah River Area come together to bring greater awareness of the many careers available within nuclear technology and other high-tech industries. Continue reading

2014 – Nuclear Science in Our Everyday Lives: By Dr. Susan Winsor

Employers and educators in our region are coming together this week (October 20 – 24) to observe Nuclear Science Week, celebrating the benefits and opportunities that nuclear energy creates for America every day.

Unseen and too often unheralded, nuclear science supports nearly all our everyday activities. From electricity to power homes and businesses, to tools for sophisticated medical diagnosis, to the high degree of security we enjoy as a nation -nuclear technology plays a constant and vital role in our daily lives. Continue reading

2014 – The Nuclear Debate. Introductory level course for future teachers of Science – By Claudio Perez Matzen:

I’ve been teaching introductory Nuclear Physics in an elective course for many years at Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación (UMCE) in Santiago, Chile, a public university working on the preparation of new teachers for the Chilean educational system. The course is aimed to promote the knowledge on peaceful applications of nuclear energy and technology, with special focus on the generation of electricity with nuclear power plants, in a safely and environmentally-friendly way. Each 2nd. semester here (August-December) we have this course running, and we always finish with a nuclear debate in class, discussing the “hot topics” of nuclear power. We have plans this years for an “international debate” using Skype, with my students and a group from the Nuclear Engineering Program of the University of Utah (Salt Lake City). We hope to succeed!

2013 – National Historic Landmark Hosts Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshop

For the third time since 2010, staff and volunteers hosted a one-day Nuclear Science merit badge workshop for area Boy Scouts onboard the historic Nuclear Ship Savannah. The Savannah, which last operated in 1970, is berthed in Baltimore and maintained in protective storage by its owner; the Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Nearly 100 Scouts from three states have earned the badge since the annual Nuclear Science Week workshop began. Continue reading

2013 – 48 Volunteers Shared Nuclear Science with 1,650 Students

The Brunswick Nuclear Plant Women in Nuclear group sponsored National Nuclear Science Week (NNSW) presentations and activities were a huge success.

After attending the WIN National Conference in July, we took the call for local chapters to do more in the area of public outreach to heart. We started with National Nuclear Science Week and community outreach and hit the ground running. We used activities from this site and developed age appropriate activities tied to learning outcomes; worked with the school system’s S.T.E.M. Council and science leads to develop an activity schedule; recruited and trained volunteers. Continue reading

2013 – Nuclear Science For All Ages

The outreach team for the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA) celebrated National Nuclear Science Week 2013 through a variety of events related to nuclear science and physics. It was an unusually busy week for us.

On Monday, Dr. Kilburn, JINA Outreach Coordinator, presented an overview of stellar nucleosynthesis for the Michiana Astronomical Society.   Dr. Constan, NSCL Outreach Coordinator, travelled to Everett High School on Monday to guide students through marble nuclei lessons and activities. He returned on Wednesday to meet with the rest of the students, 170 in total. School visits are not only an excellent venue for introducing nuclear science, but also a chance to inform students of our more extensive programs. Continue reading

2013 – Successful NNSW Event at Argonne National Laboratory

We held a very successful NNSW event at Argonne National Laboratory’s visitor/information center on Monday morning. We hosted 49 advanced placement chemistry students, their teacher (Margaret Stokes) and 2 chaperones for a morning of presentations and hand-on activities. After a presentation about the basics of radiation, students did some hands-on activity with radiation monitors and demonstrated that increasing distance from a radiation source reduced exposure. Another presentation was about how radiation measurements were taken in Japan following the tsunami’s impact on the nuclear power plants there. Continue reading