Every third week in October, the nuclear industry celebrates Nuclear Science Week to encourage educators, students and community members to “get to know nuclear” through hands-on activities and local events. Duke Energy has many resources to help you learn more about nuclear energy.
Browse the materials below or consider visiting one of our Energy Education Centers. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to share your nuclear science activities too using #nuclearsciweek.
Nuclear energy 101
Nuclear energy can be a complex subject. To help demystify this power source, we’ve curated list of Nuclear Information Center articles on commonly asked-about topics. You can also find a good explanation of how nuclear plants work on the Duke Energy website.
- Learn about the benefits of nuclear energy including clean air and always-on power
- This article explains the difference between fission and fusion
- Get the scoop on nuclear fuel and learn what happens to used fuel
- Learn about the history of nuclear power in the U.S.
- Find out what happens during a nuclear plant outage
- In this article, we set the record straight on nuclear myths
- See why safety is the top priority for our nuclear workers
- What you need to know about nuclear cooling towers
Nuclear energy in 60 seconds
- Nuclear Energy in 60 Seconds: Powering your life - Our nuclear energy guide, Scott, explains how Duke Energy’s nuclear plants power more than 7 million homes and other ways nuclear energy impacts your life.
- Nuclear Energy in 60 Seconds: Economic benefits - Hear our guide explain how nuclear energy supports local economies.
- Nuclear Energy in 60 Seconds: Environmental benefits - Our nuclear energy guide is back to discuss clean air and other environmental benefits of nuclear energy.
Meet a nuclear worker
- Meet John, one of more than 6,000 highly skilled and trained employees who are looking for even better ways to bring you clean, always-on energy.
- Meet Theresa, Manager of Nuclear Security Operations at Oconee Nuclear Station.
- Meet Tanya, Site Vice President of Harris Nuclear Plant.
- Meet Bill, a Senior Reactor Operator working in McGuire Nuclear Station's Work Control Center.
- Meet the interns and learn what it's like to work at a nuclear plant for the first time.
- Model a Uranium atom - with candy - Feed your sweet tooth by making your own atoms out of candy. We modeled Uranium-235, the element that fuels our nuclear power plants.
- The fission game - Demonstrate how nuclear plants generate heat to make electricity - by splitting atoms.
- Introduction to electricity - Use these fun activities to create static and current electricity.