Jenna McClanahan and Dawn Vidt, both Waynesville High School chemistry teachers, attended a nuclear camp at the University of Missouri-Columbia in June.
The week-long camp provides high school teachers with the opportunity to learn more about nuclear energy and how to prepare students to enter the field.
It provides the basics of nuclear science, information about the types of radiation (including radiation detection and protection), industrial applications of nuclear science, and current and future nuclear power generation technologies.
The pair of teachers participated in basic hands-on laboratory experiments that helped illustrate radiation detection and analysis using several types of radiation detectors.
The class also included demonstrations of reactor control and materials analysis methods, including neutron activation analysis and X-ray fluorescence.
They also toured the Callaway Nuclear Center, the University of Missouri's Research Reactor Facility and MU's Nuclear Medicine therapy and diagnostic clinics.