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High School Resources

Guide your high school students through the world of nuclear energy with digital lesson plans, project starters, career resources, and more to power up the learning in your classroom!

Explore the vast world of nuclear science with your students to uncover the diverse applications of this field and debunk some common misconceptions about nuclear. From fission, to fusion, to "building" their own atoms, students will learn key nuclear science concepts while developing key STEM skills.

High School Lesson Plans

Complete with an educator guide and student activity sheets, it's easy to navigate the multi-faceted world of nuclear energy in your classroom.

Decoding Decay

Educator Lesson Plan | 45 minutes

Students will learn to use the periodic table as a tool to predict a nuclide’s properties. After a quick vocabulary refresher, students will engage in an interactive “Heads Up” game, working in groups to use the periodic table to correctly guess the term shown on a card.

Fueling the Future

Educator Lesson Plan | 45 minutes

Students first will watch a video explaining fission and fusion. Then, students will apply their knowledge of fission and fusion as they engage in a kinesthetic “Four Corners” activity, voting with their feet as they compare fission and fusion.

STEM Project Starters

These capstone learning experiences put STEM course concepts in action, allowing students to apply lessons learned in the classroom to real-world problems and discover their own solutions. Each STEM project starter contains a guiding question, teacher note, student-facing prompt, and station for students to show their work and share their findings.
Art or Forgery

Decay Detectives: Art Forgery or Masterpiece?

How does radiocarbon dating help detect art forgeries?

In this activity, students will investigate radioactive decay, half-life, and the process of radiocarbon dating.

Exploring the Present and Future of Radioactive Decay

How are radioactive isotopes used in nuclear batteries?

Students will compare and contrast different types of nuclear processes and design a future prototype for a small-scale nuclear battery that will address one of three design problems.

Making Mosquitoes SIT!

How can radiation solve problems and benefit humans?

In this lesson, students will be introduced to how radiation, such as gamma radiation, can be used to help solve problems by examining the quest to eradicate Aedes mosquitoes using the Sterile Insect Technique: (SIT).

did you know

Did You Know?

Radiation helps us learn about our past!

It's all around us every day from the sun, our bodies, food, water, and the earth.

Explore careers in nuclear energy

What are the pathways towards a career in nuclear science? You may be surprised to find out that there are many ways to make an impact in healthcare, energy, and the environment by exploring a career in the nuclear field.

Virtual Field Trip

Join us as we go on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station and learn about the creation of environmentally friendly electrical power using nuclear technologies. Join the conversation on social media using #NavigatingNuclearVFT!