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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.
NEED Infobook Content about Nuclear Energy
Presentations from the Nuclear Energy Conference for Educators - Charlottesville, Virginia - July 25-29, 2010
Nuclear Power in Perspective/ Introduction to Nuclear Reactors
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
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
Power Point Presentations
Career Chats: Professionals Working in the Nuclear Energy Industry March 2009
Nuclear Jobs March 2009
Nuclear Energy Article March 2009
Green Jobs February/March 2013
NEED Curriculum in Spanish
Energy At A Glance
CVCC Introduction to Nuclear Technology
NEED launched a partnership with Central Virginia Community College through a U.S. Department of Labor grant to create the Introduction to Nuclear Technologies course for teachers teaching dual enrollment students at CVCC. The 40 hour course includes two weekends of content and hands-on nuclear activities and a field trip to Dominion’s North Anna Nuclear Power Station. The course activities include robotics, nuclear chemistry, health physics, non-destructive examination, nuclear physics, and public policy in nuclear energy. Special thanks to Barbara Bragg (CVCC) and Janet Walton (Region 2000) for their leadership on the project and to NEED’s team Vernon Kimball, Regina Donour, Doug Keaton, Hallie Mills, Dr. Frank Settle, and DaNel Hogan for creating and delivering this exciting course. 17 teachers are participating in the first session of the course.
Download a zipped file of lesson plans, background reading for the teachers, curriculum guides, and Powerpoint presentations here.