February 22, 2018 - Sargent & Lundy once again participated in a "Girl Scouts Get to Know Nuclear" event organized and hosted by the American Nuclear Society's (ANS) local Chicago section. The annual event aims to teach Girl Scouts about nuclear science and help them earn a Get to Know Nuclear patch.
ANS, working with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Council, established the Get to Know Nuclear patch, which can be earned by any Scout in the U.S. who meets the requirements. The Get to Know Nuclear patch requirements focus on learning about nuclear science and technology through teamwork and are flexible so scouts of all ages can ‘get to know nuclear’.
Exelon hosted this year’s half day event at its Cantera office, with sixty Juniors (4th-5th graders) and Cadettes (6th-8th graders) from the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana participating. The event included breakout sessions on detecting radiation and cloud chambers, lab coat dress up and source hunt, short nuclear career discussions, fission and fusion fun, atom models, and the history of women in nuclear.
Sargent & Lundy’s Liz Mattson taught the ‘Fission and Fusion Fun’ session, which included a diffusion cloud chamber and interactive use of Geiger counters for radioactive source hunts. These sessions taught the girls about different types of radiation and using time, distance, and shielding to protect against radiation. Sargent & Lundy’s Kelsey Powell assisted in the session, which included a fission game where girl scouts used balloons – blue for neutrons, and red for protons – to recreate nuclei behavior. The interactive game demonstrated to the students how fission and the chain reaction work.
This is Sargent & Lundy's third year participating in the event.