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Nuclear Energy Basics

5 Problems You Didn’t Know Nuclear Could Solve
Nuclear is tackling a multitude of issues impacting the world. Here are 5 problems you didn't know nuclear could solve.
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5 Fast Facts About Nuclear Waste
Get up to speed with these five fast facts about nuclear waste.
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TRISO Particles: The Most Robust Nuclear Fuel on Earth
TRISO particles cannot melt in a reactor and can withstand extreme temperatures that are well beyond the threshold of current nuclear fuels.
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NUCLEAR 101: How Does a Nuclear Reactor Work?
Learn how boiling and pressurized light-water reactors work.
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What is a Nuclear Microreactor?
Microreactors are not defined by their fuel form or coolant. Instead, they have three main features...
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5 Things You Should Know About Accident Tolerant Fuels
Accident tolerant fuels have the potential to improve performance and survive accident conditions a lot longer than today's nuclear fuel.
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5 Key Resilient Features of Small Modular Reactors
These 5 features of small modular reactors bring resilience to the electric grid.
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3 Innovations Transforming the Nuclear Industry
Advanced reactors, additive manufacturing and advanced fuels are expected to transform the U.S. nuclear industry. Here's how.
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Fission and Fusion: What is the Difference?
Infographic: Learn the difference between fission and fusion - two physical processes that produce massive amounts of energy from atoms.
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7 Fast Facts about the High Flux Isotope Reactor
7 fast facts on the High Flux Isotope Reactor—one of the nation's top facilities in producing medical- and industry-grade isotopes.
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Navigating Nuclear

Navigating Nuclear Energizing our World
American Nuclear Society | Discovery Education

The Office of Nuclear Energy is supporting a collaboration between the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and Discovery Education to develop a nuclear science curriculum for high school students. ANS will work with Discovery Education to provide new lesson plans, career profiles, and a virtual field trip for students in grades 9-12. Curriculum will be developed for elementary schools in 2020-21 to complete the K-12 initiative.

In 2018, Navigating Nuclear made nuclear science curriculum content available nationwide to an estimated 442,000 students in grades 6-8.

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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.