[ RadSafe ] Boy Scouts nuclear science merit badge

Neil, David M neildm at id.doe.gov
Thu Jan 10 12:23:37 CST 2013

By chance, my daughter's homeschool program (9th Grade) hit on this general topic during December, while I was on leave. 

They had her doing experiments in half-life with M&Ms as binary dice.

Coins would work, but candy is more fun (quieter, smaller and lighter, too)

Dave Neil
DOE-ID Lessons Learned Coordinator

There are those who learn by reading.
Others will learn by observation.
But some just have to whiz on the electric fence themselves

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at agni.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at agni.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Corey Clift
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:23 AM
To: radsafe at agni.phys.iit.edu
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Boy Scouts nuclear science merit badge

I was asked to be a counselor for some boy scouts hoping to get merit badges in nuclear science.  Most of the kids are ages 13-15.  Some of the topics (basic physics, radiation safety, radiobiology etc) seem a bit advanced for kids in their early teens.  Perhaps I'm wrong though.  Does anyone have any experience they would like to share? Is there any advice on teaching nuclear science to younger students or counseling this merit badge specifically?


Corey Clift, M.S.
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