Schools, colleges and the public
Our academics and students develop and deliver inspirational, hands-on science and engineering activities at events and schools in the local area.
We aim to create space for our nuclear scientists and engineers to talk about their research with the public and to listen to their views. From school children to parents to grandparents, this work is relevant to everyone.Professor Sarah Heath / Associate Director, Dalton Nuclear Institute
We’re passionate about enthusing people of all ages with science and engineering while giving researchers the chance to engage with members of the public. We attend a number of events including:
- ScienceX at the Trafford Centre
- Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank
- Science Spectacular, part of Manchester Science Festival
- Science and Industry Museum events
You can access a variety of tools, games and information sources about nuclear energy below.
Tools and games
Nuclear reactor simulator
See if you can operate our online nuclear reactor!
Play the game
Brain Challenge quiz
After testing your reactor skills, test your knowledge with our online quiz.
Play the game
Energy card game
Free packs available for educators - email
Download card game
Let's talk about nuclear energy
Visit our educational website that introduces the basics of nuclear energy.
Nuclear energy paper fortune teller
Make your own nuclear energy paper fortune teller.
Download the fortune teller
We've sponsored Critical Paths Resources - teaching nuclear science at KS3 level.
Chain reaction video
See how a chain reaction works in a video set up by our PhD students.
Energy and the environment
Visit 'The Children's University of Manchester', designed to support KS2 students.
- Idahoptv games - Fun games for children to learn about nuclear energy.
- NRC fun and games - Fun worksheets for younger children to complete.
- Radtown - Learn more about the sources of radiation in many areas, including your neighbourhood or in the great outdoors.
- DECC 2050 game - DECC has created a game to try and simulate the 2050 emission reduction target. Great for all secondary age groups.
- NeoK12 - A variety of short useful classroom teaching videos and lessons. Perfect for KS3 and KS4.
- UK Nuclear Education - If you’re looking for lots of information, look no further. Everything from radiation dose units to the amount of energy released in a fusion reaction. Perfect for KS4 and KS5 classes.
- What is nuclear? - An informative website to learn about the uses and issues of nuclear energy, as well as about different types of nuclear reactor. Perfect for KS4 and KS5 classes.