Society News Archive

7 April 2016
Nuclear Science & Engineering for Secondary Science Teachers - Faculty Development Course

Nuclear Science & Engineering for Secondary Science Teachers, a week-long, three-credit-hour faculty development course on the University of Missouri-Columbia Campus—will be of great value to instructors who wish to develop a deeper understanding of nuclear science and to implement this information in their classrooms. The class is designed specifically for high school science teachers to provide the basics of nuclear science, types of radiation (including radiation detection and protection), industrial applications of nuclear science, and current and future nuclear power generation technologies (including small modular reactors). Presentations will be technically oriented at an introductory graduate level and are structured for secondary teachers of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, earth sciences, and related subjects. The dates of the course are 6–10 June 2016.

This is the 34th summer course on energy topics to be conducted by University of Missouri Research Reactor faculty. Over 700 teachers have attended past classes, representing over 250 schools across Missouri and the Midwest. The course instructor and guest speakers are subject experts on nuclear science and its engineering applications and current topics in nuclear energy. They have worked extensively with regional high schools and community groups in educational projects.

Contributing organizations that provide information and other resources used in this course include Ameren/UE, University of Missouri Research Reactor, American Nuclear Society, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Health Physics Society.