Get Nuclear Savvy with the Department of Energy

Did you know nuclear emits zero greenhouse gases? And that nuclear plans provide roughly 19 percent of America’s electricity and 55 percent of our clean energy? Or that one uranium pellet produces as much energy as 120 gallons of oil, 1 ton of coal, or 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas?

The third week of October is Nuclear Science Week. The theme this year is: Think Clean. Think Solutions. Think Nuclear. The Department of Energy is here to support educators who want to bring more nuclear energy savvy facts like these and inspiration about pursuing nuclear careers to your students through informal and formal learning environments. Here are some of our favorite STEM resources to help you celebrate Nuclear Science Week October 15-18, and beyond.

Nuclear 101

  • Check out these blogs, infographics, and videos on all things nuclear, from fission and fusion to what a nuclear micro-reactor is to how a nuclear reactor works to what makes nuclear fuel so robust. It’s all on our Nuclear Energy Basics website.
  • Don’t miss our Direct Current podcast episode debunking what The Simpsons and the Springfield plant got wrong about nuclear energy!
  • Dig deep and learn about the history of nuclear in our timeline.
  • Follow the us on Facebook @NuclearEnergyGov or Twitter #STEMRising to stay up to date.

Lessons & Activities


For more STEM resources, make sure to bookmark STEM Rising, the agency’s initiative to connect you with news and tools offered throughout the National Laboratories, National Nuclear Security Administration, and our program offices. Subscribe to the STEM Rising newsletter to know about the latest STEM tools, resources and lessons from the Department of Energy.

About the Author

AnneMarie Horowitz has been with the Energy Department since 2009, and is the Director of STEM Rising, a priority Departmental initiative to highlight the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs and resources of the agency. AnneMarie also leads the Interagency Women and Girls in STEM Working Group, and manages various communications and events around women and girls in STEM.