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Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip

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On February 18, at 1:00 PM EST, join the American Nuclear Society, U.S. Department of Energy, and Discovery Education for the Nuclear Reimagined Virtual Field Trip!

Take students on a journey inside Idaho National Laboratory, the nation’s lead lab for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment. Here, scientists and engineers create fuel particles to enhance space exploration, research and improve energy production, and design the next generation of nuclear technology and equipment.

Once inside, we’ll visit the Advanced Test Reactor, the world’s most powerful research reactor that scientists from all over come to use in their experiments. Next, we’ll go inside the Hot Fuel Examination Facility to learn about what’s new with nuclear fuels, and lastly, we will pop into the INL glass shop to see how one man uses creativity and artistry to serve the science community.

Students will also meet STEM professionals with diverse and engaging careers and see that there is no one path to a career in this exciting and ever-evolving industry. Give your students a front row seat so they can see the unlimited possibilities of a career in nuclear science.

Visit the event page to register and remember to join us live on Twitter during the event @ANS_org and @DiscoveryEd using #NuclearReimaginedVFT.

Get ready for the Virtual Field Trip with dedicated resources from the American Nuclear Society. Found through our immersive Experience platform, the Navigating Nuclear content channel contains standards-aligned activities that invite students to explore the many applications of nuclear science, as well as its impact on energy, healthcare, food, and the environment.

STEM Project Starters

Strengthen student interest in STEM with these ready-to-use project starters. Each one contains lesson objectives, guiding questions, detailed procedure instructions, as well as student handouts and connections to NGSS. Current activities include:

  • From Atoms to Electricity: How does the energy stored in an atom’s nucleus transform into electricity that powers our lives?
  • Fusion and Fission: How can nuclear fusion and fission reactors change how we power our lives?
  • Radiopharmaceuticals: How can a pill that uses radiation help doctors diagnose and treat diseases?

Career Profiles

Get to know nuclear careers with ANS career profiles! Each one provides background on a specific career in the nuclear field, what it takes to get there, and an interview with a real person in the field. This section currently spotlights:

  • Mechanical engineers, featuring Natalie Zaczek McIntosh, fuels reliability engineer at Exelon
  • Radiochemists, with M. Alex Brown, PhD, chemist at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Nuclear researchers, spotlighting Sukesh Aghara, PhD, associate professor of chemical engineering and the director of the Nuclear Engineering program and the Integrated Nuclear Security and Safeguards Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Digital Lesson Plans

Supplement STEM curriculum with these middle school lesson plans. Currently featuring guides on Nuclear Energy and Measuring Radiation, each one including guiding questions, in-depth instructions, connections to standards, student handouts, and teaching slides.


To see all upcoming Virtual Field Trips—including the one above—check out the Discovery Education Events page! You can also find past Virtual Fields Trips and a wide array of ready-to-use resources through our ever-evolving Discovery Education Experience platform.

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