Nuclear Energy Basics
The Harnessed Atom
The Harnessed Atom is a middle school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum extension that focuses on nuclear science and energy. The curriculum includes essential principles and fundamental concepts of energy science.
In The Harnessed Atom kit, you will find a student edition, a teacher’s guide with lesson plans, standards, instructor notes, interactive games, classroom activities, laboratory experiments, and outside resource suggestions. Teachers, scientists, and experts at universities, professional societies, and national laboratories reviewed and tested the kit as it was developed.
The U.S. Department of Energy is responsible 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 about our nation’s energy options and future.
Curriculum documents/activities are available at the links provided below.
Note: PDF files are accessible using Mac, Windows, Android, and most other operating systems. Interactive games and videos that accompany the teacher’s kit may have separate system requirements.