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Nuclear Science & Engineering for Secondary Science Teachers, a three-credit-hour faculty development course, will be offered 11–15 June 2018 on the University of Missouri (MU)-Columbia Campus. This one-week course is designed to support instructors who wish to develop a deeper understanding of nuclear science and to implement this information in their classroom. 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 class addresses the Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary Core Ideas in the Physical Sciences, PS.1: Matter and Its Interactions (including HS-PS1-8).
Costs for participation in this class are paid by course sponsors. Contributing organizations that provide information and other resources used in the course include Ameren Missouri, MU and the MU Research Reactor, and the American Nuclear Society and Health Physics Society student chapters.