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Middle School Energy and Nuclear Science Curriculum Now Available

October 30, 2013 - 1:18pm


A new middle school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum called The Harnessed Atom is now available on the Office of Nuclear Energy website. This new curriculum offers accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information on the roles that energy and nuclear science play in our lives. The essential principles and fundamental concepts in The Harnessed Atom address the latest science standards for crosscutting concepts about energy and matter.

The Harnessed Atom teacher's kit is an updated and expanded edition of the acclaimed 1985 Harnessed Atom curriculum issued by the Department of Energy. This new edition has earned praise from classroom teachers across the country in reviews, pilot tests, and workshops, as well as from scientists and experts at universities, professional societies, and national laboratories.

The teacher’s kit includes a student edition and a teacher’s edition with lesson plans, standards, classroom lecture presentations, instructor notes, pre- and post-tests, and outside resource suggestions. The kit features hands-on experiments, videos, historic film, and interactive games. It also provides information on careers in nuclear science, research, and energy production that will help students consider their career goals. The redesigned curriculum is flexible enough to fit within the schedule of classrooms everywhere.

One responsibility of the Department of Energy is to keep the public informed about our nation’s energy sources, research, policies, and options. The Harnessed Atom helps meet this goal by providing students with factual information they need to make informed decisions about our nation’s energy options and future—and their roles as citizens.

Click here to access the curriculum.