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Guide your elementary school students through the world of nuclear energy with digital lesson plans, project starters, 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 reaction! 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, space, and more!

STEM Project Starters

Evolving Energy Sources

Evolving Energy Sources

Applications of Energy

Two-50-60 minute class sessions

How can nuclear power help the world recover from natural disasters?

Students consider the potential of nuclear power to support disaster recovery in areas where the electrical grid has been damaged. They will use a digital tool to help bring their findings to life.

Destination Deep Space

Destination Deep Space

Space Exploration

Two-50-60 minute class sessions

Why is energy needed in space colonies? How could we power a Martian colony?

Students research what astronauts would need to survive in a deep space colony. They will explore the importance of electricity in space and weigh in on the type of power future Martian colonies should use.

Powering Ocean Vessels

Powering Ocean Vessels

Ocean Exploration

Two-50-60 minute class sessions

How can nuclear energy power water vessels?

Students investigate the viability of nuclear energy as a power source for ocean vessels. They will create a presentation on the water vehicles that are optimal candidates for nuclear power.

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.