During Nuclear Science Week, students are exploring the elements, atoms, protons and neutrons, thanks to USC Aiken’s Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.
Students from Paul Knox Middle School in North Augusta, South Carolina, visited the center, and created a three dimensional model of the periodic table of elements. They worked with Dr. Gary Senn, director of USC Aiken’s Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.
They also learned about how electrons work, how the periodic table is organized, and the structure of atoms. Later, they combined compounds, “Mixing Matter” and saw how chemicals change.
“Our area is so focused on nuclear science with the Savannah River Site and Plant Vogtle,” Senn said. “Nuclear Science Week gives an opportunity to highlight the real advantages we have in our area with that focus.”
Since many of the students have relatives who work in the nuclear industry, the exhibits are always generating excitement.
“Coming here to learn about things where their parents or grandparents or aunts and uncles work adds to their excitement about learning about nuclear science,” said Senn.