Nuclear Science Week 2020

Observed each year in the third week of October, Nuclear Science Week is an international celebration of nuclear science. As the nation’s nuclear laboratory, INL is pleased to join a vibrant nuclear community from across the globe in building awareness of the vital role nuclear science plays in our country and world.

Scroll through this site to learn more about INL events and activities in recognition of Nuclear Science Week.

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Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 3:30 p.m.

Help us celebrate Nuclear Science Week! If you are a teacher, college & career adviser, principal or policymaker engaged in education and outreach, join this session for inspiration on nuclear science and innovation brought to you by the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development, Idaho National Laboratory.

Hear what inspires us to promote innovative nuclear energy solutions and learn about an exciting interactive suite of free digital curriculum, “Navigating Nuclear: Energizing our World,” and other resources to inspire curiosity in nuclear science and other STEM fields.

Grants will be available to participants working for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school. One $1,500 grant will be available to an educator in each region of the state. To apply for these grants, register for the webinar above and share your innovative approach to building a STEM classroom where indicated.

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INL is pleased to launch its Bright Future in Nuclear Scholarship Competition for Idaho students in 11th and 12th grade planning to study nuclear science or a related STEM field at a college or university. One $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winner of this competition, with a $2,500 scholarship awarded to the runner-up.

Students will be expected to consider and research a question related to nuclear science and prepare a presentation on their solution to present to a panel of INL judges. This presentation period will occur in January 2021.

Interested students should register to participate below. Registration will close on Dec. 18, 2020. An administrator will then contact registered students with more information on how to participate and further competition details.

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Prepping the Perseverance Power Source

Ask INL Experts about Sending a Rover to Mars

Powering Perseverance Activity


Explore INL with Ida and Tank

Learn about all we do at INL with the help of Ida and her best friend, Tank! “Ida Explores INL,” a fourth-grade curriculum-aligned book presented by former first lady Lori Otter, will take students on a trip around our site to learn about our research.

Join in our virtual scavenger hunt to follow along:

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Ida Explores INL Cover

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Explore careers in nuclear in Idaho

View this interactive presentation to see a picture of Idaho’s nuclear industry from a workforce perspective. Everything from occupation information to education pathways is captured: the pipeline to Idaho’s nuclear industry starts here!

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Take a virtual field trip of INL and explore high school and middle school nuclear curriculum

The American Nuclear Society and Discovery Education are providing the highest standard in nuclear science education with Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World. This new, dynamic, standards-aligned program invites students to explore the many applications of nuclear science and its impact on energy, health care, food, and the environment through an interactive suite of FREE classroom resources. Find classroom resources, take a virtual field trip to INL, explore career profiles, and much more!

Navigating Nuclear

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