CNTA Education Events

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Education Events and Exhibits

Nuclear Science Week Newspaper Insert

CNTA teams with the Aiken Standard annually to produce an informational insert in the newspaper for Nuclear Science Week. See Newspaper Insert page to see them.

Nuclear Blitz

CNTA organized and conducted a "Nuclear Blitz" throughout Aiken County High School chemistry classes during Nuclear Science Week See Nuclear Blitz 2017 page.

Science Enrichment Education Day (S.E.E.D.)

CNTA co-sponsored the 2017 S.E.E.D. on October 7, 2017 at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. It attracted a record of more than 4500 attendees (students, parents and educators). A CNTA exhibit focused on applications of nuclear to energy, space exploration, health care, and industry.

Academy for Lifelong Learning

CNTA supports the Academy for Lifelong Learning Program at the University of South Carolina at Aiken, most recently with classes on September 28, October 5, and October 12, 2017. About 30 attended the sessions and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Mel Buckner organized and the instructors included Brad Swanson - Power Generation Fundamentals; Brittany Williamson - Nuclear Power: Energy for the Future; and Ken Stephens - Risk: Real and Perceived.

"Celebrating Our Community's Nuclear Industry" - a CNTA Forum

CNTA presents a half-day forum for the public, students, and faculty on October 24th, 2013. The theme "Economic Impact of the Nuclear Sector" will detail the economic value to South Carolina, Georgia, and the region of the production and research community represented by SRS/SRNL, the contributions of OUR nuclear industries, and how nuclear medicine benefits the CSRA.

Click here to visit the Forum web page.

The Forum is sponsored in cooperation with National Nuclear Science Week. Click here to view The NNSW website in a separate window.

Journey to the Center of the Atom

CNTA hosted a first gathering of schoolchildren at The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center for a hands-on exploration the nature of the elements. "Journey to the Center of the Atom" started with the Periodic Chart of the Elements, then let the kids build the Chart of the Nuclides with a series of tiles - to help demonstrate the progression of stable and radioactive isotopes for every element.

The Chart was a terrific tie-in to regular exhibits at the Ruth Patrick Center, including the CNTA/American Nuclear Society Savannah River Section "Interactive Nucleus" and the American Chemical Society/ANS-SR wall-size Periodic Chart.

This seems like a boring, "try to make them learn something" attempt, right? Not so fast! Here is a PDF slide show from January 2012 to show that atoms can be a lot of fun.

Journey to the Center of the Atom Slide Show

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