We provide tours to fit the needs of educators and others at all
Students from local and area schools -
some from as far away as Houston - visit the NSC for a
one-hour tour that includes explanations of fission, uses of
radioactive material, reactor safety and more.
Health physics students at technical
colleges receive a full day of training on radiation and
radioactive material controls at our facility.
Physics students from Texas A&M and
other universities receive detailed explanations and demonstrations
of neutron activation analysis.
Schedule a Tour
Tours are free and last about an hour. Special tours can be
organized on request.
Want to schedule a tour? Contact us via this link at
least one week prior to the desired tour date to set one up.
Tours are not always available, and more notice gives us a
better chance of making it happen.
What You'll Learn
Tours are available to all people with all levels of background
in nuclear power and nuclear technology. Whether you're a
fifth-grade student just learning about nuclear science or a
professor of nuclear engineering, we want you to visit us.
When you leave the facility, you will know and understand the
mystery behind how we get energy from uranium-235,
or 235U. The tour guides will provide an in-depth
discussion of the transfer of mass to energy and explain how this
energy can be used practically to provide power for homes and
As you learn about the nuclear power process, you will learn how
we ensure reactors are safe. The tour guides will provide a
discussion of historical issues with references to the Three Mile
Island accident, which hurt no one, and Chernobyl, which hurt
Beyond nuclear power, you will learn about making elements
radioactive and why we would want to do such a thing - for example,
to treat cancer, to produce tracer materials, to identify trace
elements and to irradiate food to make food safe for eating. You
will learn about subatomic interactions that allow us to use
neutrons to take X-ray-like photos through lead and other heavy
Beyond the science, you will also learn about the benefits of
nuclear power and nuclear processes and how the nuclear option
compares to traditional power sources, like coal, and green energy
sources, like wind and solar power.
Finally, you will learn about the current developments under
consideration by the nuclear industry for future nuclear power
plants. Coupled with this is the issue of spent fuel and how the
United States deals with spent fuel compared to how some European
countries deal with spent fuel.
Guides will end the tours by explaining the opportunities for
research and learning provided by the Nuclear Science Center in an
effort to create more users from most groups, including junior high
and high school students, university researchers and professors,
and industry groups.