Today starts National Nuclear Science Week. Since this goes along with the chemistry we are studying right now in Classical Conversations Cycle 3, I decided we would do a little nuclear science in school this week. Of course, nuclear science LIGHT, if you will, considering we are in 1st grade.
Here are several resources we will be using this week to study energy and, particularly, nuclear power.
The Official National Nuclear Science Week website has lesson plans, resources, and additional websites of interest.
TVA Kids has simple explanation of nuclear energy.
You can see inside a diagram of a nuclear power plant at the How Stuff Works website.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has a kids site with lesson plans and a simple explanation of what nuclear energy is. They even have some good experiments you can try, depending upon the age of your student. You can even make a nuclear waste cube.
I found a goofy little video called the Nuclear Power Song that has some funny visuals.
I found a very simplistic depiction of how nuclear energy works (set to a hokey Brahms Lullaby music box sound – and I like Brahms but…wow) but the picture isn’t too bad.
Then we will read a little about energy and nuclear power in general in The Usborne Children’s Encyclopedia.
You can watch a video about nuclear energy here
Are you do anything for National Nuclear Science Week? I would love to hear any fun resources you have found.