For rising 10th-12th graders
July 25th – 29th, 2021
Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering(NPRE) is a branch of engineering with diverse and broad applications –among them: the continued safe and reliable use of fission reactors for energy production, risk assessment and analysis, plasma science and engineering for materials processing, development of fusion reactors for longer-term power generation, and radiological sciences use of radiation sources in areas such as national security and medical imaging and treatment.
NPRE fields are for those who:
• Are passionate about impacting climate change and exploring clean, renewable energy sources
• Want to innovate the plasma technologies of the future
• Are interested in developing fusion reactors
• Want to apply radiological science to advancing security, medicine, and human health
• Enjoy experimental hands-on and/or computational research using math, physics, and computer skills
Our virtual campers will explore NPRE through at-home hands-on projects and virtual demonstrations and lab tours.
Virtual camp activities will occur through these 3 processes:
- LIVE sessions using video conferencing or webinar tools (e.g. Zoom).
- AYC sessions or “at your convenience” will include videos, articles, and labs that will be accessed through a password-protected website.
- Community Chat (e.g. GroupMe, Discord, Slack) will be accessible for any-time communication between campers, counselors, and course instructors.
Exploring questions such as:
- How does a nuclear reactor work, and how does it impact the nation’s energy production?
- What are the issues regarding nuclear reactor safety?
- What is radiation and how is it controlled?
- What is plasma and what are its uses?
- How do plasmas contribute to the fields of medicine and materials processing?
- What is a fission vs. a fusion reaction?
- What are current developments in fusion reactors?
- How does a radiation detector work?
- What are some of the beneficial uses of radiation?
See NPRE in-practice through laboratory demonstrations such as:
- Using virtual and lab simulations to learn about radiation dosages, half-life, and shielding
- Observing confined plasma and interacting with a plasma ball
- Understanding magnetic pressure in plasmas through a can-crushing experiment
Virtual tours may include:
- HIDRA, NPRE’s unique plasma/fusion facility
- A plasma nanotechnology facility and labs that make the machines that make the semi-conductor chips that go into your electronic devices
- A radiological instrumentation lab
- The soft robotics lab
Becky Meline, Coordinator of Academic Programs, NPRE
From previous years
“I enjoyed visiting the nuclear fusion reactor visit because it was something that I have always wanted to see up close and I finally was able to and get explanations on how it worked and why it is used. I also enjoyed going to the control room simulation at the Clinton Power Station. It was absolutely fascinating to me.” ~2019 ExplNPRE camper