2019 Exploring Nuclear, Plasma, & Radiological Engineering Camp (All-Gender)
Date:Sun, 6/23/2019 - Sat, 6/29/2019
Event Type:Summer Camp
Website and/or Calendar Links
Campers will explore nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering disciplines through many hands-on projects and demonstrations. Through individual and team activities, participants will investigate the disciplines of nuclear energy, plasma and fusion technologies, and radiological science. They will consider questions like:
- How does a nuclear reactor work, and how does it impact the nation’s energy production?
- What are the issues regarding nuclear reactor safety?
- What is radiation and how is it controlled?
- What is plasma and what are its uses?
- How do plasmas contribute to the field of medicine?
- How does a radiation detector work?
- What are some of the beneficial uses of radiation?
These questions are answered through lectures, hands-on activities, and team projects. Campers will see nuclear, plasma. and radiological engineering in practice through laboratory demonstrations and field trips such as:
- Measuring radiation using Geiger counters and other devices
- Seeing a mousetrap reactor simulate a nuclear reaction
- Experiencing radiation through a cloud chamber demonstration
- Touring a virtual nuclear reactor
- Using virtual and lab simulations to learn about radiation dosages. half-life, and shielding
- Observing confined plasma and interacting with a plasma ball
- Crushing cans to understand magnetic pressure in plasmas
- Touring HIDRA, NPRE’s unique plasma/fusion facility (Shown immediately to the right).
- Touring a plasma nanotechnology facility and labs that make the machines that make semi-conductor chips
- Touring the radiological Instrumentation Laboratory
- Touring the soft robotics lab
Becky Meline, Coordinator of Academic Programs, NPRE
Registration opens January 15, 2019