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Teachers often ask us for resources on nuclear energy to help them explain how nuclear energy works – how we harness the energy stored in the atom, how much nuclear power contributes to our nation’s electricity needs, how reactors work, how safety and security is handled at America’s plants, what types of careers are available in the nuclear industry, and what U.S. government agencies are tasked with a role in nuclear energy.
To simplify the search for nuclear curriculum, we have pulled together our Teacher and Student Guides and resources below. In addition, NEED has nuclear energy integrated into many of its teacher and student guides found elsewhere on www.NEED.org.
- Energy from Uranium (Grades 6-8)
- Exploring Nuclear Energy (Grades 9-12)
- Energy on Stage (See The Simpsons: A Nuclear Outing, a play about nuclear energy.)
- Extended Reading on Nuclear Topics
NEED Infobook Content about Nuclear Energy
- Primary Nuclear Infosheets
- Elementary Nuclear Infosheets
- Intermediate Nuclear Infosheets
- Secondary Nuclear Infosheets
Presentations from the Nuclear Energy Conference for Educators - Charlottesville, Virginia - July 25-29, 2010
- Nuclear Power in Perspective/ Introduction to Nuclear Reactors
- Understanding Fission
- What is Radiation?
- The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
- Nuclear Power Plant Hearing - Combined Construction Permit and Operating License
- AREVA - U.S. Nuclear Industry
- AREVA - Nuclear Plant Overview
- A Global Nuclear Renaissance - Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Additional Activities and Resources
- Atom Game
- Atomic Structure Presentation
- Beneficial Uses of Radiation Presentation
- Cells Presentation
- DNA Activity
- Council on Foreign Relations Nuclear Energy Guide
- United States Nuclear Energy Commission
- International Atomic Energy Agency
- The Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues
- Uranium (nuclear) Basics from the EIA Energy Kids web site
- Japan and Nuclear Power in 2011
- American Nuclear Society