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Southeastern Summer Nuclear Institute

Southeastern Summer Nuclear Institute

6:00 p.m. July 15 - 4:45 p.m. July 17, 2015

A 3-day Southeastern Summer Nuclear Institute was presented July 15 to 17 to promote nuclear education and workforce development in the southeast. Hosted by Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA), the Institute served 25 middle- and high-school teachers who have an interest in learning or sharing more knowledge about nuclear technology applications. The key goal was to promote student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and related careers.

The itinerary was widely varied and included a tour of Georgia Power's Vogtle nuclear power station in Burke County GA, with visits to the control room, simulator exercises, and meetings with nuclear power reactor personnel. It featured a tour of the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken SC, including waste management facilities and briefings on activities at the Savannah River National Laboratory. Classroom workshops at the University of South Carolina, Aiken (USCA) emphasized atomic and nuclear fundamentals, power generation fundamentals, nuclear technology applications, risk (real vs. perceived), and nuclear workforce opportunities. Hands-on activities illustrated important technical concepts and scientific principles which the teachers can use in their classrooms.

Attendees received educational resources including a DVD with the workshop presentations and reference materials, teacher guides and outreach materials from the American Nuclear Society (ANS), a certificate of completion, and $50 in gift cards. All meals were provided and on campus housing was available. Cost of the workshop was $50. Links to the schedule and the registration form are given below.

2015 SSNI Shielding


Teachers perform a shielding exercise using a GM Counter and naturally occurring radioactive materials.

2015 SSNI Vogtle


Teachers visited Vogtle, Unit 1 Simulator and participated in a training exercise. The teachers also visited the Unit 3 simulator and were impressed by the advanced digital technology.

2015 SSNI Chart


Jon Guy explains the Chart of Nuclides using the Isotope Discovery Kit.

2015 SSNI Waste Management


Sharon Marra, Senior Vice President and Deputy Director of the Savannah River National Laboratory, presented the Savannah River Site Waste Management Program to the teachers.



Bob Collins describes the Augusta Technical College Nuclear Program to the teachers.

When and Where:

Click here to view the complete schedule (PDF format).
Click here to access the registration form (PDF format).

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2015

Registration is limited to 25 middle and high school teachers in order of receipt. A registration fee of $50 and the completed registration form [see link above] must be received by May 15th to be eligible. Questions should be e-mailed to: [email protected]

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