Useful Online Resources
This website has information, lesson plans and a number of links to other
sites with nuclear science information. This is a good place to get started.
An online "Radiation textbook" which teachers were involved
in producing a useful product that is consistent with National Science
Education Content Standards.
This is the 4-unit set of notes on handling our nation’s radioactive
The Harnessed Atom is a comprehensive middle school resource that provides
students and teachers with an accurate and unbiased learning guide about
The Harnessed Atom – Student's Guide reviews the basic scientific
principles that underlie nuclear energy and focuses on atoms, radiation,
the technology of our number two source of electricity, and issues concerning
The Harnessed Atom – Teacher's Guide contains suggestions for
using the materials and is designed to help teachers in scheduling and
planning lessons that teach concepts and develop basic skills. Included
in the book are discussion questions, answers to review exercises, a
list of materials, and a list of additional resources.
A resource for critical issue analysis written by teachers at Los Alamos
Weighing Environmental Risks site has lots of information in PDF format.
A little glitzier approach to the scientific method, but does have a good
list of do’s and don’t when doing experiments.
Site teaches kids about the atom basics.
This is a periodic table of comic books which also houses information
on which comics involve which elements.
An interesting interactive periodic table with more detailed information.
The main EPA website on radiation with some useful links which contain
more detailed information.
A diagram of the electromagnetic spectrum with wavelength, frequency and
This is a detailed description of Nuclear Structure even though is called
basic nuclear science. Written primarily for high school students, it
does include activities and information for all grade levels.
This provides a good description of radiation. It shows radiation in its
various forms and how radiation is a part of the environment.
This NASA site looks at the various wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation.
This is a lesson plan for teachers who wish to play a card game which
will impart to students the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.
This site is a pie chart of background radiation in the U.S.
This is a useful explanation of radiation from the Uranium Information
Centre in Australia.
This is an interesting chart that helps determine your annual personal
background radiation dose from the American Nuclear Society. Browse the
website for more useful information.
This is an interesting interactive website which calculates your yearly
dosage for you and provides hints for protection etc.
This is a really good resource about Radiation and Risk. After calculating
your annual radiation dose visit this page to learn more about those numbers.
This site discusses the basics of radiation protection with a few common
This provides high school science teachers some resources about radiation
and protection from the National Safety Council’s Environmental
This is a very simple applet which lets you choose one of 15 isotopes
and watch them decay into their daughter products.
A Junior High version of Radon Lesson Plans.
Middle School level Radon game in PDF format with teacher instructions.
Site showing that there are many beneficial uses of radiation and radioactivity.
This is a page for kids from the National Institutes of Health.
This site provides links to nuclear websites for all aspects of nuclear
A Nuclear Regulatory Commission site with good information on nuclear
energy and radiation.
Sections on nuclear fission as well as the inside a nuclear power plant.
This site offers a nuclear power plant simulation that can be manipulated
This site discusses the need to try and get a balanced view of information
and resources concerning nuclear science. It provides a wealth of links
for teachers to explore.
The Sandia National Laboratories web site with a description of the crash
tests and package certification for transporting radioactive waste.
This is the 4-unit plan for handling our nation’s radioactive waste.
Although the material on the geologic depository in Unit 4 is out of date,
there is still a lot of good information in Unit 4 on transportation and
storage of nuclear waste. There are also some good activities on selecting
transportation routes and assessing risk.