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List of U.S. resources for students at or below high school level about nuclear energy topics. Some of the pages are written for specific age groups (e.g., 14-16 years), and these are clearly marked.

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The ABC's of Nuclear Science

This comprehensive website -hosted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory- provides a wealth of information for teachers and students who want to learn the basics of nuclear physics. The site includes:
- Tutorials about atomic physics, radiation, fission and fusion, cosmic rays, and antimatter.
- Online Nuclear Science Wall Chart with companion teacher’s guide.
- Guides to conducting basic hands-on experiments in nuclear science that include study questions.
- Glossary of nuclear science terms and more.
Primarily for high school students.
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Last accessed by NE: Mar. 6, 2013

The ABC's of Nuclear Science

American Nuclear Society:
Nuclear Science and Technology and How It Influences Your Life

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) Public Information web site features information on nuclear science and technology and how it influences your life through five major application fields: food irradiation, industry, medicine, space, and electricity. At this site, students will learn more about the world in which they live and teachers will find it an excellent resource for their students class projects. Others will find useful information about living in our radioactive world. The information is peer-reviewed by scientists, engineers, professors, and others who have nuclear-related jobs.
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Last accessed by NE: Feb. 27, 2014

Nuclear Science and Technology and How It Influences Your Life

American Nuclear Society:
Nuclear Education, Research, and Careers

This site provides students from middle school through college with the opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities presented in selecting nuclear science and engineering as a field of study and career. It is expected that for most individuals the words "nuclear engineering" will immediately imply nuclear power electrical production, but that is only part of the story.
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Last accessed by NE: Feb. 27, 2014

Nuclear Education, Research, and Careers

American Nuclear Society (ANS): Public Information for Teachers and Students

The Outreach department of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) provides access to materials for teachers and students. Resources for teachers include: Teacher workshops, ANS Outreach Newsletter, Ask an Expert, Classroom Posters (Nuclear Fission vs. Nuclear Fusion, Nuclear Methods in Landmine Detection, Nuclear Power Applications in Space, Nuclear Waste Transportation and Disposal - Yucca Mountain).
Make sure to check also the section "Nuclear Matters" which offers relevant information, simple facts, and additional resources that will help individuals prepare for thoughtful discussions on nuclear matters.
In a dedicated section, students can also find information about Scholarships and Nuclear Careers.
Recommended to high school students and teachers.
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Last accessed by NE: Feb. 27, 2014

Materials for Teachers and Students (ANS)

Argonne National Laboratory: Reactors Designed by Argonne National Laboratory

Since the first day of its existence, Argonne National Laboratory has been at the forefront of nuclear energy research & development. Most of the reactors designed by Argonne National Laboratory were also built and operated at Argonne facilities. The “firsts” among these reactors were many, but they include the first man-made self-sustaining neutron chain reaction, and the first generation of electricity from nuclear energy. All commercial reactor types were developed using results from various Argonne reactor physics experiments and, in most cases, are commercial-scale versions of reactor design concepts originated by Argonne.
This section of the Nuclear Engineering Division website walks you through the different nuclear reactor types. The iconical Argonne apple tree is a graphical depiction that displays the depth and scope of the Argonne reactor systems program and helps you to understand its evolution.
Recommended to high school students and teachers.
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NOT TO BE MISSED: Make sure to check out About Nuclear Energy, which helps you to answer fundamental questions such as: Why Nuclear Energy? Why are some people afraid of Nuclear Energy? How do nuclear reactors work? How is Argonne Helping to make Nuclear Energy Cheaper & Safer? How is Argonne Helping to Solve the Nuclear Waste Problem?
For in-depth information see also: Argonne's Nuclear Science and Technology Legacy

Last accessed by NE: Jun. 24, 2013

Reactors Designed by Argonne National Laboratory

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