INL announces Nuclear Science Week activities

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IDAHO FALLS – In honor of Nuclear Science Week October 18-22, the Idaho National Laboratory is planning several activities to celebrate the nuclear science industry, to recognize those who work in this field every day and to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“The contributions of Idaho National Laboratory to nuclear energy research are unprecedented,” said Jesse Gehin, associate director of the INL Nuclear Science and Technology Laboratory. “This annual event is a great way for us to share our story and talk about the importance of advancing nuclear power technology. ”

During the week, educators, students, and community members are invited to learn more about how nuclear science plays such a vital role in the lives of Americans – and the world. The week’s activities are aimed at raising awareness of nuclear science and innovation happening right here in Idaho.

Virtual tours and presentation

Monday, October 18, 10 a.m. MT – Virtual tour of the experimental rearing reactor-I (EBR-I)
Learn about the facility where usable electricity was first produced from nuclear power in 1951. The tour lasts about an hour and offers 360-degree photos to fully experience the museum.

Tuesday, October 19, 2 p.m. MT – Virtual tour of the 52 reactors

Longtime tour guide and INL historian Don Miley provides an overview of the 52 nuclear reactors that have been built at the INL and their role in powering the country.

Wednesday October 20, noon MT – Presentation of Virtual Nuclear 101 by Don Miley
Longtime tour guide and INL historian Don Miley shares a simple, easy-to-understand explanation of how nuclear power works and why radiation should be respected, not feared.

Thursday, October 21, 2 p.m. MST – INL Preview Virtual Tour
This hour-long tour includes an overview of over 70 years of INL history. The tour covers the Advanced Test Reactor Complex, Materials and Fuel Complex, and Research and Education Campus.

All tours are featured in Microsoft Teams. To register for tours or presentation, email [email protected]

Inspire future generations

For elementary, middle and high school students in eastern Idaho, INL’s K-12 STEM program features “make-and-take” nuclear science week kits. Paired with informational videos and online games, the kits will help students learn more about STEM-centric topics such as fission and radiation. Students will also take a virtual excursion and have access to the world’s largest virtual science and engineering fair.

Nuclear networks

Learn more about some of our nuclear researchers and their work at the National Center for Nuclear Energy Research and Development. Click here for more details on how the lab is celebrating Nuclear Science Week or follow the INL social media listed below.


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