Society News Archive

7 March 2016
Nuclear Science & Engineering for Secondary Science Teachers

T he University of Missouri-Columbia’s NE 7313: Nuclear Science & Engineering for Secondary Science Teachers— a week-long, three-credit-hour course on the University of Missouri (MU) campus—is designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) instructors who wish to develop a deeper understanding of nuclear science and to bring this information to their classrooms.  The dates are 12–16 June 2017.  Costs for participation in this class are paid by course sponsors. 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 the current fleet and small modular and advanced reactor concepts). 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.

This is the 35th summer course on energy topics to be conducted by University of Missouri Research Reactor faculty. Over 720 teachers have attended past classes, representing more than 250 schools across Missouri and the Midwest. The course instructor and guest speakers are subject experts on nuclear science, its engineering applications, and current topics in nuclear energy. They have worked extensively with regional high schools and community groups on educational initiatives. Contributing organizations that provide information and other resources used in this course include Ameren/UE, the University of Missouri and the MU Research Reactor, the American Nuclear Society, and the Health Physics Society.