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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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Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century: Nuclear Technologies

The Greatest Engineering Achievements website is part of a project initiated by the National Academy of Engineering to celebrates a remarkable century of technological achievement. The website contains detailed historical information, timelines, and personal essays by key innovators for each of 20 major engineering accomplishments of the 20th century. The section on Nuclear Technologies addresses the historical perspective and the regulatory side of the industry.
Recommended to high school students.
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Last accessed by NE: Mar. 6, 2013

Nuclear Technologies: one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century


HowStuffWorks is a website dedicated to explaining the way many things work. The site uses photos, diagrams, video and animation to explain complex terminology and mechanisms in easy-to-understand language. We selected for you:

:: How Nuclear Power Works - Here you can learn about nuclear power plants, atomic theory and radiation.
:: Howstuff works: Nuclear Science Channel - For more articles about Nuclear Science.

Last accessed by NE: Mar. 7, 2013

How Nuclear Power Works
How Nuclear Power Works

Inside a Nuclear Control Room

This interactive feature hosted at the website of the NOVA science series features an exact replica of the plant control room at the Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station in Plymouth, down to every detail in the lights, buttons, labels, and audio signals. You can see how workers at the actual plant monitor its operation and safety.
Recommended to high school students.
:: Go to website

Last accessed by NE: Mar. 1, 2013

Inside a Nuclear Control Room

MIT OpenCourseWare: Highlights for High School

"MIT OpenCourseWare - Highlights for High Schools" is an MIT initiative providing free, open source teaching and learning materials to high school teachers and students. Among the available materials we recommend those from MIT’s introductory Physics courses. There is no registration or enrollment process. Please read also their Terms of Use.
Recommended to high school students and teachers.

:: AP Physics - MIT’s introductory Physics courses
Highlights for High School - Home of MIT OpenCourseWare for High Schools

Last accessed by NE: Mar. 7, 2013

MIT OpenCourseWare

National Nuclear Data Center

The National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) of Brookhaven National Laboratory collects, evaluates, and disseminates nuclear physics data for basic nuclear research and for applied nuclear technologies.
Their interactive Chart of Nuclides is an excellent resource tool for high school teachers and students. The chart provides the most recent information on the half-lives and decay schemes for the known isotopes of all the elements. The site also features a Glossary of terms used in the chart.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you check the Help first for an explanation of how to use the chart.

:: Chart of Nuclides
:: Chart of Nuclides Help
Chart of Nuclides Glossary

Last accessed by NE: Mar. 6, 2013

National Nuclear Data Center: Chart of Nuclides

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