Nuclear Technology Management: IAEA Guidance for University Programmes
The IAEA has released a new publication to help guide universities to incorporate management aspects of nuclear technology into their nuclear education programmes. See the IAEA news release.
Upcoming Higher Education Summer Programs
2021 Higher Education Summer Programs
Through the 2019 – 2020 academic year, NPI introduced the encouragement of K-12 outreach programs along with other traditional requests for proposal submissions from higher education institutions across the State of Texas. NPI received and accepted over $1.8 million in higher education contracts to start the 2020 – 2021 academic year. These contracts included activities ranging from developing outreach programs, internships, technology and equipment expenses, and summer camps.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the State of Texas was impacted financially. Funding was reduced in higher education institutions across the State of Texas to counter the financial impact from closing businesses and social distancing. This reduction significantly impacted NPI and its partners. Unfortunately, NPI was forced to cancel the 2020 – 2021 academic year contracts with its higher education partners. Even so, NPI allowed support for three higher education partners who were able to implement their planned programs for the Summer of 2020.
The first two days were targeted towards 21 high school students virtually. The students were taught nuclear science, radiation, chemistry, and myths about nuclear topics. Hands-on activities were provided for the students including ultraviolet beads, building molecules, and measuring electromagnetic fields in a cellphone and microwave. All of these hands-on activities were completed virtually and NPI assisted in ensuring each participant had the material needed to participate. The third and final day was conducted in person with 26 students ranging from ages 7 to 13 and included similar activities. “Nuclear Power Summer Institute” and “Day of Science” have shown an increase in the participants’ interest and liking in science.
The University of North Texas hosted their second annual “K-12 STEM ‘Catch Up’ Summer Program”, providing mathematics and science classes for a three-week period for five days a week, from July 12 to August 2, 2021. 55 students, ranging from middle to high school students, participated in this program with the majority submitting highly satisfied feedback.
The students who participated in the “K-12 STEM ‘Catch Up’ Summer Program” were taught Algebra I, Biology I, Algebra II, Geometry, Middle School General Science, and Middle School General Mathematics by five middle/high school teachers. A total of 55 students participated in this program through Zoom for two hours a day for five days a week.
UNT K-12 STEM Catch-Up Summer 2021 Program
Average overall ranking of the classes from 1-5 with 5 being Highly Satisfied and 1 being Least Satisfied.