Energy Resources: Nuclear

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Summary:Enormous forces hold together the nuclei of atoms. When certain types of atoms are split they release large amounts of energy. The process of splitting atoms is called nuclear fission. The heat produced from the nuclear fission is used to generate electricity in power plants. The generation of electricity from nuclear fission does not involve the use of fossil fuels and can be sustainable and clean. However, while nuclear energy does not release greenhouse gases, the risk of environmental contamination from nuclear accidents can be very serious. Despite this, nuclear power is presently producing electricity, without incident, in more than 400 power plants worldwide. Fur activities help students understand properties of nuclear power.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Stability and change
Subjects: energy; nuclear energy; renewable energy
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