This year, students at Lybrook are studying physical science. To enhance their classroom activities, the students visited the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque.
At the museum, docents taught a class about nanoscience. Nanoscience is the study of science on the scale of nanometers, which are very, very small! One meter is equal to 1,000,000,000 nanometers. Scientists who work with subatomic particles (for example, protons, neutrons, and electrons) must measure these particles by using nanometers.
The students also learned about the unique role that New Mexico has played in the history of nuclear science and were able to think about the societal and ethical aspects of scientific discovery. Students were especially interested in learning about the uranium mill spill in Church Rock, NM, and the nuclear Waste Isolation Power Plant near Carlsbad because these are places that they know about, have visited, or have passed by regularly.