Learn about nuclear

Our academics and students develop and deliver inspirational, hands-on science and engineering activities at a range of events across the UK and at schools in the local area.

You can access a variety of tools, games and information sources about nuclear energy below.

Energy card game

Battle it out with different energy sources from nuclear to wind to coal, pitted against each other for attributes like sustainability, reliability and cost efficiency.

Let's talk about nuclear energy

What is nuclear fission? How does a reactor work? What is radiation and what happens to nuclear waste? Find out more at talknuclear.info 

Nuclear reactor simulator

Operate our online nuclear reactor at www.manchester.ac.uk/reactorgame

The Brain Challenge quiz

Test your knowledge with our online quiz. Tip: check out our nuclear reactor simulator for clues!

Nuclear energy paper fortune teller

Download the pdf and print to make your own nuclear energy paper fortune teller.

Chain reaction video

200 balls resting on 200 mousetraps triggered by a single ball - this video shows how a chain reaction works.

Events and school visits

PhD students at Bluedot Festival

We bring hands on activities to public events throughout the year such as:

  • #ScienceX at the Trafford Centre
  • The Big Bang Fair
  • Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank
  • Manchester Science Festival: 'Science Spectacular'
  • Museum of Science and Industry events

We aim to inspire and enthuse people of all ages with science and engineering whilst giving students and academics the chance to meet and answer questions from visitors. 

Get in touch to find out where we’ll be next.


Rachel Law
Outreach and Communications Officer

+44 (0)161 275 4431

Prof. Sarah L. Heath
Director of Education

+44 (0)161 275 4431

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