Nuclear Energy Learning Resources for Home and School
From the Argonne Nuclear Engineering Division: Interviews
on situation at Japan's nuclear reactors — for a list of interviews featuring experts from our Division and related multimedia links
“Fukushima and Chernobyl: Myth versus Reality” — Want to bypass the popular press myths and gain a true understanding of the radiation releases at Fukushima? In “Fukushima and Chernobyl: Myth versus Reality”, leading experts from several international organizations, including the United Nations, discuss the facts. Watch video
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The links below are intended for students at or below high school level. They will take you to resources, both U.S.-based and international (all in English, except as marked), that will help you to find information on how nuclear reactors work, what makes certain materials radioactive, the importance of nuclear energy in the 21st century, and many other nuclear energy topics. If, for example, you have a school assignment to write a paper on how nuclear power is generated, or what to do with nuclear waste, or comparing nuclear power with other ways to generate electricity, you should be able to find material to help you write your paper by checking out some of these websites. Some of the pages are written for specific age groups (e.g., 14-16 years), and these are clearly marked. A list of international resources in other languages is also available.
For any of you who are teachers, many of these websites have a section containing classroom materials and information for teachers – look for references to teachers’ resources in our descriptions of the websites.
Please understand that Argonne National Laboratory and the Nuclear Engineering Division do not claim that this is a comprehensive listing of nuclear energy websites, nor are Argonne or the Nuclear Engineering Division responsible for the contents of any of the websites listed, other than any which originate within Argonne. No endorsement of any organization or site is intended by this listing, and none should be inferred.
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