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PWR Reloading Game

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Student Section

The ANS MIT student section created a PWR reloading game with LED glow sticks that turn on and off. If it is off, it is “fresh” fuel, and if it is on it is “spent” fuel. Three colors are provided (red, blue and green). The colors can be used to portray several enrichment zones to play the loading pattern game. They can also be ignored if the game is just a refueling race.

Nuclear Science Week Booth
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

The ANS University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign Student Section set up a booth on the quad on October 18 to offer prizes for a nuclear trivia game and sell hot chocolate as a fundraiser. “So many people stopped by our booth just for some hot chocolate or to play a game, and we were able to have them leave with a more informed view of nuclear,” said Isabella Iaccino, the section’s outreach chair. “It was a great opportunity for the student body of the University of Illinois to ask tons of questions, as well as for some of the newer members of our student chapter to learn to answer and advocate for nuclear science.” The students made 3D-printed cooling towers to give out as prizes, along with Nuclear Science Week stickers, to those who answered trivia questions.

U-235 Fission Game
University of Florida
Students are taught about criticality with the help of Nerf guns and a spinning “reactor” board

Nuclear Science Week Tabling
Oregon State University

The ANS Oregon State University Student Section hosted a table session at Oregon State University’s Student Experience Center Plaza to coincide with Nuclear Science Week. This tabling provided an opportunity for the general public to learn more about nuclear science and technology, nuclear power and dispel misconceptions about the nuclear power industry. This session discussed other uses for nuclear science such medicine, agriculture, and anthropology. This event helped volunteering students from the club improve their public speaking skills to audiences that may not be familiar with the technical aspects of nuclear engineering, radiation detection, or radiation health physics.

Mousetrap Fission “Reactor”
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

A demonstration on the fission chain reaction using mousetraps and ping pong balls