Nuclear Chemistry Project

This Nuclear Chemistry Project activity & project also includes:

Radiation has numerous real-world applications, some of which are relatively safe while others can be extremely hazardous. In this nuclear chemistry project, young scientists choose a practical use of nuclear reactions to research in order to make a recommendation about whether or not the world should continue its use. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use this project to culminate a high school chemistry unit on nuclear reactions and radiation
  • Implement this resource as either an independent of partner project depending the needs of your students and the availability of resources
Classroom Considerations

  • Set aside time for students to visit the library and/or computer lab to perform research on their nuclear chemistry topics
  • Additional scaffolding, like graphic orgnizers and note-taking guides may be required to support all learners with forming factual arguments based on research
Pros

  • Provides a rubric for assessing students' projects
  • A provided peer evaluation form allows learners to give feedback about their partners
  • Offers a list of radiation applications to support students with selecting a topic to research
  • Includes a small collection of online resources to use when gathering information about nuclear chemistry
Cons

  • None