Radiation Resources CD-ROM Index

The material presented on this web page was used to create a Teacher Resources CD that was originally distributed to teachers at the Michigan Science Teachers Association Annual Conference.  The idea behind creating the CD was to create a conglomerate resource of nuclear technology related materials into a single reference for education purposes. The materials presented on the CD (and this web site) were created by numerous individuals, organizations, and government agencies as credited below.

To request a copy of the Teacher Resources CD contact Rebecca Steinman, MI-ANS, c/o Advent Engineering Services, Prairie House, Dominos Farms, P.O. Box 555, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0555, Phone: (734) 930-7500, Fax: (734) 327-7501.

Classroom Activities

Radioactive Consumer Products in the Classroom
A journal article by Cough and Kelly Vaughn that appeared in The Physics Teacher, Vol. 33, January 1995.  5 pages with excellent discussion of smoke detectors, lantern mantels, Fiestaware, and other radioactive samples.

Radioactive Decay - Slide show, Data Sheet, Semi-log Graph Paper
An experiment using M&Ms that demonstrates the concepts of radioactive decay and half-life.

SECO GM Experiments
Contributed by the Ohio Section of the American Nuclear Society.  13 pages containing three experiments with discussion questions on: existence of radiation, inverse square law, penetrating power, and how a GM counter works.

Modeling a Fission Chain Reaction
An experiment using dominos and pencils to demonstrate a nuclear chain reaction and control rods.

  Cloud Chamber
A three page explanation of how to build a cloud chamber and some sample experiments to perform.  Contributed by the American Nuclear Society.

  Pennium -123
An experiment using pennies to demonstrate the concept of half-life.

Personal Radiation Dose Estimate
Estimate your personal radiation dose.  Includes a few pages of explanation/speaker notes as well as a fill-in the blanks form for determining your personal average annual radiation dose. Contributed by the American Nuclear Society.

Radioactive Versus Stable Atoms
A set of detailed instructions for using marshmallows, toothpicks, and plastic bags to demonstrate the concepts of how atoms change between stable and unstable (radioactive) forms. Contributed by the American Nuclear Society.

Totally Rad
A classroom activity (6 pages) for calculating radiation doses from a source.  Requires mid-level math skills. Contributed by the American Nuclear Society.

Making Radiation Photographs
A two page explanation of how to use Polaroid film and a radioactive source to produce images. Contributed by the American Nuclear Society.

Radiation Quiz
A single page quiz containing 13 challenging questions on radioactive particles. Contributed by the American Nuclear Society.

Classroom Activities and Experiments from General Atomics (Activities start at page 15 of this document)
Contains 5 activities and 10 experiments from the Radiation, Radioactivity, and Risk Assessment chapter of the General Atomics teacher's guide Nature's Fundamental Energy Source, Fusion. 74 pages of student text, instructor guide, questions, and activities for use with and without a Geiger Counter.

True/False Nuclear Quiz
Contributed by the American Nuclear Society.  23 questions originally created by Jay Shelton.

Historical Information

DOE-NE-0046, The First Reactor
A 51 page booklet printed by the U.S. Department of Energy in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Pile.

DOE-NE-0088, The History of Nuclear Energy
A 36 page brochure by the U.S. Department of Energy that discusses Enrico Fermi and the early history of nuclear energy through 1994.

Chronology of Radiation Science
Contributed by the Michigan Section of the American Nuclear Society. 10 slides highlight radiation and nuclear related events from 400 B.C. to 1992.  Includes several Michigan specific examples.

Chronology of Radiation and Radiation Protection
105 pages by J. Ellsworth Weaver III that briefly describes numerous radiation related events occurring between 1,800,000 B.C. and 2003.

Historical Development of the Periodic Table
29 slides describing the development of the modern period table.

Beneficial Uses of Nuclear Technologies

Benefits in Everyday Life
Contributed by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Health Physics Society. 27 slides on industrial, commercial, and medical applications of radiation and nuclear technologies.  Several graphics included.

Unexpected Uses of Radioisotopes and Nuclear Technologies
Contributed by the Michigan Section of the American Nuclear Society.  13 slides discussing how a smoke detector works and numerous unexpected commercial and industrial applications of radiation.

Electricity Generation

Nuclear Power
Contributed by the Michigan Section of the American Nuclear Society.  6 slides on fission and power plants with speaker notes.

Nuclear Energy
A slide show prepared by the Nuclear Energy Institute. 18 slides on energy sources.  Good graphics and some speaker notes.

Nuclear Power Plants
A slide show prepared by the Nuclear Energy Institute. 8 slides on uranium, fission, and nuclear power plants.  Good graphics.

DOE-NE-0068
A question and answer brochure by the U.S. Department of Energy.  31 page booklet on radiation, nuclear reactors, and waste.

Food Irradiation

Food Irradiation, Toxic to Bacteria, Safe for Humans
Article by Dale Blumenthal (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) from the FDA Consumer Magazine.

Food Technology Editorial and Subsequent Article on Food Irradiation
Single page editorial titled "Food Irradiation's Advantages Will Not Escape Public Attention" and a seven page article titled "Irradiation of Food" by the Institute of Food Technologists from Food Technology, Vol. 52, No. 1, January 1998.

(Slide Show) Food Irradiation, Helping Improve Food Safety
Created by the UW Food Irradiation Group.  22 slides addressing food irradiation issues and progress.  Very impressive graphics, lots of color.

The Facts About Food Irradiation
A two page color brochure by the UW Food Irradiation Group.

The Food Irradiation Process
A two page color brochure by the UW Food Irradiation Group.

Fun Facts About Food Irradiation
Contributed by the University of Michigan Student Branch of the American Nuclear Society.  19 slides providing an introduction to food irradiation and nuclear radiation.

Irradiated Foods, 5th Edition (click link on under cover graphic on right-hand side for PDF version)
A 52 page brochure by the American Council on Science and Health providing a detailed discussion of food irradiation with a list of stores and grocery chains that sell irradiated foods.

Space Applications

DOE-NE-0071, Nuclear Power in Space
A 32 page brochure created by the U.S. Department of Energy that discusses the numerous past uses of nuclear technology in space missions and potential future uses.

Fusion

Fusion: Creating a Star on Earth
A 65 slide presentation with speaker notes about the uses, science behind, and applications of fusion.  Produced by General Atomics in conjunction with schools in the San Diego area, submitted for inclusion by Mary Brake of the Michigan Section of the American Nuclear Society.

Plasma the Fourth State of Matter
A 42 slide presentation by General Atomics.  Click here for an additional teacher curriculum that could be used to supplement the presentation.

The Promise of Fusion
A 32 slide presentation by General Atomics.

Introductory Radiation Concepts

Radiation Poster, Electromagnetic Spectrum Poster, Fusion Poster
Full-page graphics that could be enlarged and used a classroom posters. By General Atomics.

RAD GRAD Course
A radiation literacy course for teachers. Contributed by the Ohio Section of the American Nuclear Society. 32 slides on radioactive particles, dose units, protection, biological effects, and relative risk

General Information Training on Radiation
Contributed by the Ohio Section of the American Nuclear Society. 17 slides on radioactive particles, units, dose, contamination, and biological effects.

Monitor 4 GM Counter and Geiger.avi sound file
Contributed by the Ohio Section of the American Nuclear Society. 4 slides on the Monitor 4 geiger counter and three brief classroom experiments.  NOTE: The animation file, geiger.avi, must be in the same folder as the PPT file to run with slide #3.

DOE-NE-0074, Understanding Radiation
A 20 page pamphlet by the U.S. Department of Energy describing the basic scientific concepts of radiation and its uses.

Fundamentals of Radiation
Contributed by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Health Physics Society. 29 slides with some graphics and speaker notes.  About 8th grade level.

Health Effects of Radiation
Contributed by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Health Physics Society. 29 slides with some good charts.  About 8th grade level.

Health Physics - The Practice of Radiation Safety
Contributed by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Health Physics Society. 13 slides including some career information.

Radiation in Your Environment
Contributed by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Health Physics Society. 20 slides with several good radon graphics.

Radiation Concepts
Contributed by the Michigan Section of the American Nuclear Society. 29 slides with speaker notes discussing the basic concepts of radiation and radioactivity.

Relevant Issues

Nuclear Technologies and the Environment
23 slides that cover radiation basics, biological effects, and environmental issues.

Nuclear Safety
A slide show prepared by the Nuclear Energy Institute. 16 slides with great pictures discussing nuclear power plant safety issues.

Nuclear Power Plant Security
A slide show prepared by the Nuclear Energy Institute. 25 slides discussing post-9/11 security issues. Great graphics.

Waste

DOE-EM-0195, Low Level Waste Basics
A 14 page pamphlet by the U.S. Department of Energy describing nuclear waste generators and disposal issues.

Low-Level Waste
A slide show prepared by the Nuclear Energy Institute. 37 slides with great speaker notes and pictures discussing low level nuclear waste.

Used Nuclear Fuel
A slide show prepared by the Nuclear Energy Institute. 19 slides with great speaker notes and pictures discussing spent (used) nuclear fuel.

Career Choices

A Career in Nuclear Energy
Prepared by the Nuclear Energy Institute.  6 page color brochure with good information on nuclear related careers.

Careers in Nuclear Science and Technology
Contributed by the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN).  12 slides with extensive speaker notes.

Binder Sized Teacher Guides

The Harnessed Atom, Student Guide
A 144 page middle school kit by the U.S. Department of Energy with 18 lessons on energy and nuclear power.

The Harnessed Atom, Teacher Guide
A 276 page, 28 day course materials kit by the U.S. Department of Energy with 18 lessons on energy and nuclear power.  Contains pre-tests, exercises, and exams.

Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) Teacher Guide Series Science, Society, and America's Nuclear Waste.  Designed for use with 8th-12th grade students.

Understanding Radiation in Our World
A 100 page article on the nature and origin of radiation, benefits and risks, waste issues, and public protection.  Contributed by the Ohio Section of the American Nuclear Society.  Additional files include a supplement for journalists and a companion teacher's guide.

Introduction to the Electromagnetic Spectrum
A 96 page curriculum guide covering visible light, sunlight, infa-red radiation, ultra-violet radiation, radio and microwaves.  Edited by Daniel Finkenthal of General Atomics.