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Guide your elementary school students through the world of nuclear energy with digital lesson plans, project starters, career resources, and more to power up the learning in your classroom!

Spark a reaction in your classroom with nuclear science! Start small by exploring an atom as the foundation for nuclear energy. Then, go big and learn how a star releases energy in the form of a nuclear explosion! Navigating Nuclear provides educators with standards-aligned resources to connect students to the many fact-based applications of nuclear energy. Students will use nuclear science principles to explore medicine, geology, energy, astronomy, and more!

Lesson Plans

Amazing Atoms

Amazing Atoms

Educator Lesson Plan | 45 minutes

Introduce students to the concept of an atom. After watching a short video to help grasp just how small an atom is, the class will simulate an atom’s structure as they take on the role of neutrons, protons, and electrons. They will be led to understand that there are different kinds of atoms, and that these different atoms contribute to everything around us.

Exploring Energy

Exploring Energy

Educator Lesson Plan | 45 minutes

Students will be challenged to investigate different energy sources as they seek to find an electricity solution for a remote location. The class will first be introduced to fossil fuels, wind power, and nuclear power through images, a video, and a simulation.