McNamara Workshop - Nuclear Reactor Lab Lecture and Design Challenge

  • Workshop
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

The MIT Nuclear Reactor Lab educates school groups and the wider public about the reactor on campus - it supports research in spacecraft reactors, cancer treatments, the study of autism, and next generation power plants!… a mix that should meet the many interests of SEPT and NEST teachers.  On Thursday, June 25th, we'll ask SEPT and NEST teachers:

  • Have you ever been part of a hackathon?
  • Did you know there's a nuclear reactor at MIT?
  • What would happen if we combine the extraordinary talents of SEPT and NEST teachers with experts at the MIT Nuclear Reactor Lab? 

As an exciting edition to our NEST Reunion program this year, we're incorporating a design challenge into this year's McNamara Workshop!  With guidance from researchers at the Nuclear Reactor Lab (NRL), we'll form teams to design activities, materials, or lessons on nuclear science - in the style of an MIT hackathon!

Following a lecture about nuclear science, NRL staff will "pitch" a challenge to SEPT and NEST to redesign or add instructional elements to their outreach program - a combination of a tour and lecture for visitors to the reactor.  

For NEST members who arrive by Thursday evening, it's not too late to sign up to be part of the full Nuclear Reactor Lab Design Challenge!  NEST members who participate are eligible to receive 10 PDPs (1CEU), and prizes, too - just email me ( to join the fun!

Check out the final presentations here

Winners of the SEPT 2015 Nuclear Reactor Lab Design Challenge.  Read more...


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