Social distancing doesn’t mean children or adults need to stop learning about STEM and nuclear energy – check out these resources!
Georgia Power’s Learning Power program offers STEM-based energy and energy efficiency lessons for grade levels pre-K through high school, including information on preparing for STEM careers. One example of a first-grade lesson is to make a pinwheel (demonstrating a turbine rotor). This activity can be found in the online booklet, “Learn how to generate & save electricity with Dr. E.”
American Nuclear Society (ANS)
ANS publishes a variety of educational materials and resources that explain in grade-appropriate language the many uses of the atom and the vital role of nuclear technology. For example, a half-life activity using M&M’s or pennies can help students gain an understanding of radioactive decay and carbon dating. The site even has a link where you can submit a question about nuclear science and technology and an ANS expert will respond with an answer. You can also go on a video tour inside Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s research reactor!
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
The NRC maintains an educational website for students and teachers. One activity is calculating your personal annual dose of radiation, which shows that we live in a radioactive world (and always have) and that radiation is all around us as part of our natural environment.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE offers a Try Engineering website with free lesson plans that align with educational standards to allow teachers and students to apply engineering principles. For example, answer several sets of interesting and thought-provoking questions to determine the type of engineer you might want to become based on your interests and aptitudes.