Introducing the Nuclear Literacy Project

By Suzy Hobbs Baker

The Nuclear Literacy Project is a new website and outreach initiative geared toward reaching young, non-technical audiences with information about nuclear energy. You can check out the site at http://www.nuclearliteracy.org/.

The nonprofit organization PopAtomic Studios has teamed with a committee of nuclear communications and technical experts, as well as Atomic Insights, American Crane, and StratusFX, to develop an innovative and effective approach to energy education.

The website is just the beginning. We are also working to create new apps, games, and quizzes to reach young people through venues that they already know and enjoy using. You want to learn 10 important facts about nuclear energy in about 1 minute? No problem! Just check out our Fast Facts page. Want to test your nuclear knowledge on your smart phone? Try one of our Quizzes.

We are also very excited to offer a first hand look into the lives of young nuclear engineers through our “Nuclear All Stars” blog. Click on the picture to read about Anagha, a California girl who is headed to the southeast to pursue her education in nuclear engineering and make the world a better place.

We invite you to visit the new website and to get involved. You can support this effort in many ways:

  • Share this article with friends and colleagues.
  • Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to the Nuclear Literacy Project.
  • Ask your company or organization to make an annual contribution to NLP.

You can read more about the history of the NLP at http://nuclearliteracy.org/about/history/

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Hobbs Baker

Suzy Hobbs Baker is the executive director of PopAtomic Studios, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of visual and liberal arts to enrich the discussion on nuclear energy. Hobbs Baker is an ANS member and a frequent contributor to ANS Nuclear Cafe.

2 Responses to Introducing the Nuclear Literacy Project

  1. James Greenidge

    Kallie Metzger’s informative “Caldicott Emcounter” is a prime example of 1. Nuclear advocates have to get WAY more aggressive. 2. Video EVERY forum where top anti-nukers are “corrected” and plaster it all over YouTube. You just don’t let a pernicious person as this whistle out the exits leaving most their audience quaking in fear from bogus allegations. Those as Caldicott and Arnie royally get over because they’re not wrestled on the carpet with their specious arguments and groundless facts and vapor evidence. FUD is like a ink stain of doubt; once it’s slung it’s hell getting it out and that’s a core anti-nuker tactic; it doesn’t matter whether they say is truth or exaggeration or not; once doubt is sown it seldom washes out. You really have to take them down at the moment of accusation to nip fear in the bud. As soon as they refuse to elaborate on something — BOOM, up go charts and figures and videos and referable authorities knocking FUD down, even if it’s not tea-time PC to interrupt and retort (their ilk’s doing a hell of a lot of damage because we don’t! Like, guess who’s on the defensive here!). Outside of having a sponsored dedicated well-armed take-no-prisoners nuclear truth squad challenging every forum Helen and Arnies pop up, it behooves nuclear industry and advocates to offer an online handbook for taking on anti-nuker claims and assertions at forums and public meetings, along with ready downloadable stats and vids profiling our case. Just merely raising a hand questioning an anti-nuker’s remark isn’t going to the job assuaging a public with dump-nukes votes at hand; You have to ROAR for fact and truth to be heard through the stormy din of fear. Make these upstaged fear-mongers crawl out meetings hanging their heads! That’s why my hat’s off to NEI for showing up the Associated Press for being the coy anti-nuke supporters they are!

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  2. Right on James!