We are very happy to offer two types of workshops during the year for students to learn all about nuclear science and technology. Workshops are aimed at teaching girl scouts, boy scouts, and other students who just want to gain some nuclear knowledge. Our one-day workshops allow young students to learn about nuclear science from UW-Madison nuclear engineering students in a fun hands-on full day workshop. At the end of each one-day workshop, boy scouts and girl scouts will have earned a badge or patch and non-scouts will earn a certificate.
Types of Workshops
We offer two types of workshops for students, each with a slightly different focus: Youth Workshops and Girl Scout Workshops. Both workshops will include tours of the UW Nuclear Reactor (early sign-up required, see below) and/or UW Fusion Facilities, hands-on activities with radiation detectors, and informative and fun presentations about nuclear engineering, science, and the industry.
The Youth Workshop is for both boy scouts to earn their Nuclear Science Merit Badge and girl scouts to earn their Get to Know Nuclear Patch, as well as other students who want to learn about nuclear science. The content of the Youth Workshop will focus more on the boy scout merit badge requirements, although girl scouts will still be able to meet the requirements of their patch through this workshop. We recommend this workshop for students who are 6th grade or older, although younger students are more than welcome.
Girl Scout Workshops
This workshop is focused on young girls who are interested in learning all things nuclear. In addition to covering the same type of material as the youth workshop, this workshop will focus on Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and highlight the unique history of women in nuclear science. This workshop will focus on the requirements for the girl scout Get to Know Nuclear Patch that was developed by the American Nuclear Society and Girl Scouts of America. The material presented in this workshop will be aimed at a 3rd-7th grade school level, although older girl scouts are still highly encouraged to attend.
NOTE: Boy scouts are allowed to sign up for this workshop, but please note that this workshop does not meet the requirements of the boy scout merit badge due to slight differences in the activities and topics covered.
Spring Workshop Dates
We offer 3 Youth Workshops and occasionally 1 Girl Scout Workshop each semester (Fall and Spring). Please register as soon as possible so we can prepare as best as possible. The dates for the Fall semester are September 29, November 17, and December 8. Sign up for workshops using the form below. Participants must register AT LEAST 2 weeks prior to the workshop in order to be considered for the REACTOR TOUR!
Upcoming Workshop Information
Boy Scouts are required (other youth participants are highly encouraged!) to fill out a homework sheet before attending the workshop. The sheet helps boy scouts fulfill the requirements of the Nuclear Science merit badge. Homework responses can be submitted by filling out this form.
Any further questions can be directed to Jeremiah Oldenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.