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.

All NEED curriculum is available for free PDF download at the NEED Shop – check out our nuclear curriculum!

Energy at a Glance

Uranium (small) (large)

NEED Curriculum

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 Infosheet
Elementary Nuclear Infosheet
Intermediate Nuclear Infosheet
Secondary Nuclear Infosheet

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

PowerPoint Presentations

Introduction to Nuclear Energy
Introduction to Nuclear Reactors
Nuclear 101

NEED Curriculum in Spanish

What is Uranium

Coloring Sheets

Coloring Book!

More Awesome Extras!

NEED Book List
Graphics Library
PowerPoint Presentations
Energy Timeline
NEED Energy Video Lessons