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The Nuclear Boy Scout

Description:  The story of the nuclear boy scout is a cautionary tale of a teenager who attempted to build a breeder reactor in a shed outside this home in Michigan. His work was eventually discovered by the police leading to a massive cleanup of the shed and the surrounding material. The could be used as a phenomenon around the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

Web Resources:  David Hahn - Wikipedia, The Radioactive Boy Scout - Harpers

 

The Manhattan Project

Description:  The Manhattan Project was a massive research and development project that included scientists, engineers and the army to create the first nuclear weapon. It required the creation of a massive industrial complex across the country that spent over $2 billion to create bombs that were later used against Japan. Most of the cost of the project went into creating fissile material (material capable of sustaining a nuclear fission chain reaction). This project can be used as an anchoring phenomenon in a unit on nuclear physics and the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

Web Resources:  David Hahn - Wikipedia, The Radioactive Boy Scout - Harpers