Put together a kit of everyday objects that are naturally or man-made radioactive or are made using radioactive sources for demonstrations to groups of all ages.
- Nuclear 101
- General Public
- Primary School Students
- Professionals or Adults
- Secondary School Students
- University Students
Collect a simple Geiger counter and as many radioactive materials as desired. Use the Geiger counter at demonstrations to show how the radioactivity levels vary among the materials. The message of the demo is that radiation and radioactivity is all around us. It is part of everyday life. Even you are radioactive!
Once the materials are collected, it is as easy as keeping them in a box for easy transport to and from events.
Ideas for what to include in your kit:
Smoke detectors with americium sources
Old watches and clocks with radium dials
Uranium-glazed ceramics (e.g., Fiestaware, bathroom tiles)
Food (e.g., a plastic play banana, brazil nuts,
Gas lantern mantles
Thorium welding rods
Low sodium salt
Objects that are irradiated to disinfect (e.g., makeup, bandages)
Paper products (e.g., sandpaper) that are manufactured using radioactive gauges