Four hundred would-be registrants had to be turned away before the organizers stopped counting. It was the first annual Nuclear Science Day for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, sponsored by the Nuclear Science Division (NSD) and the Center for Science and Engineering Education, hosting scouts from 33 troops all over Northern California, and staffed by more than 30 volunteers from NSD, Physics, and sister institutions. “We’ll do it again!” said NSD’s Howard Matis, citing the tremendous enthusiasm of scouts and their parents and their “interest in real science.” Scouts toured the 88-Inch Cyclotron, built electroscopes and models of the atom, measured radioactivity, qualified for badges, and learned about career paths in nuclear science. Go here for photos by Bob Stokstad.
Nuclear Science Day a Whopping Success
March 10, 2011