This is the Teaching Nuclear Science through Nuclear Forensics Applications curriculum website.  The complete Teacher Edition for the lessons can be downloaded, or individual sections can be downloaded using the table of contents below. You can preview the entire curriculum in a web-based format by clicking on any of the items in the table of contents below and following the links on the subsequent pages.

Material title    
File Name
Material type
Time Needed
Teacher edition
Student edition
Additional Resources
Priority of content
MI Content Expectations
Instructor's Introduction
Includes common initial ideas and correlation to national standards.
    prep  
       
"Nova Dirty Bomb"   Class Video Activity 5 min  
 
     
Bulgarian boarder crossing case   Scenario 10 min  
 
Presentation
   
Nuclear Science Vocabulary   Assignment HW plus review time  
 
Presentation    
Classroom Procedure for Radioactive Sources
  Class discussion
10 min  
 
Safety Poster
HPS Document
essential
 
Detecting Invisible Ionizing-Radiation   Investigation 30 min  
 
SetupGuide
Manufacturer Site
core for standards  
Exploring Nuclear Decay   Computer Activities 20 min or HW  
 
Alpha Decay
Beta Decay
     
What's in the countertops?
  Scenario 10 min  
 
     
Using a GM Radiation Monitor    
  Investigation    
 
SetupGuide Manufacturer Site
essential
 
Measuring Low-level radiation  
  Investigation    
 
     
What other Detectors Do Nuclear Forensic Professionals Use?   Audio Activity
   
 

     
Radiation in Everyday Life   Video    
 

     
Port of Entry “Everyday Radiation” Incidents   Scenario    
 
     
Sources of Everyday Radiation   Assignment    
 
     
Testing “Everyday” Items for Radioactivity   Investigation    
 
  core for standards  
Comparing Background Radiation to Radioactive Sources   Investigation    
 
Presentation core for standards  
What is your yearly radiation exposure?   Activity    
 
     
Measuring Radiation Exposure
  Class Video Activity    
 
     
Locating Hidden Radiation Sources
  Scenario
   
 
Characteristics of Radiation core for standards  
Factors that Affect Detection of Radiation
  Investigations
   
Shielding
Distance
Characteristics of Radiation
core for standards  
Nuclear Science Review   Worksheet    
 
     
Gamma Spectroscopy
  Class Activity
   
 
Presentation    
Border Crossing Cases   Scenario
   
 
Presentation
spectrum catalog
   
Half-life of 137Ba   Investigation    
 

core for standards  
Understanding Half-lives     Investigation
 
  core for standards  
Half-life simulations     Computer Activities