On Friday, May 3, staff from McMaster attended the 41st annual Ontario Association of Physics Teachers conference at the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Ontario. As Canada’s Nuclear University, McMaster views community engagement as an essential part of its educational mandate. Therefore, McMaster Nuclear Operations and Facilities (NO&F) is going to integrate its STEM-focused educational program into classroom learning across Ontario. The NO&F is the only nuclear facility in Canada that is open to the public, offering the opportunity for class trips where students can see the core of the reactor from only meters away while learning about concepts in nuclear fission, components of a nuclear reactor and medical isotopes.

NO&F exhibit table and exhibitor (Sarah Aubert) at the OAPT Conference held at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) in Waterloo, Ontario.

Staff spoke with teachers from across Ontario, learning about how we can best fit our educational program into their curriculum. Teachers who visited the NO&F booth had the opportunity to learn about the reactor itself, in addition to programs we offer and got to try their hand at identifying radioactive materials. Staff also participated in workshops on student learning and innovative teaching practices and are excited to implement new educational programs into student learning experiences!