Fun Fact 2: The nuclear energy at the centre (nucleus) of an atom is
very strong. It is released when a bond is broken.
Fun Fact 3: There are two different ways in which an atom can release
nuclear energy; nuclear fusion and nuclear fission..
Fun Fact 4: Nuclear fusion definition: energy is released when atoms
fuse together. This means that atoms join together to form a bigger
Fun Fact 5: Nuclear fission definition: energy is released when atoms
break. The atoms split and form smaller atoms.
Fun Fact 6: The Sun is a good example of how nuclear fusions works and
produces energy. The Sun is a huge ball of gas giving off energy all the
Fun Fact 7: Nuclear energy is sometimes referred to as uranium. Uranium
is a chemical element, a radioactive metal found in rocks which are used
as nuclear fuel. Uranium is commonly used by nuclear plants for nuclear
Fun Fact 8: Uranium is a non-renewable fuel. Once uranium is sourced
from mines, it has to be processed before it can be used as a fuel.
Non-renewable means that this particular fuel source cannot be renewed.
Fun Fact 9: Some power plants, such as ones producing fossil fuels,
poison our atmosphere with pollution. Nuclear power plants do not
pollute the air as they do not produce carbon dioxide. However, the
process of sourcing nuclear fuel (uranium) involves mining and
processing before it can be used for fuel.
Fun Fact 10: Nuclear energy can produce radioactive waste for example;
used reactor fuel, such materials can be harmful to humans and animals
as they may remain radioactive. These materials have to handled and
disposed of in special ways according to regulations (rules/laws) in
order to protect life.
Fun Fact 11: The harmful bi-product from nuclear energy produces
radiation; it is called radioactive waste. When any living thing is
exposed to large amounts of radiation, it can be very harmful to their
survival. This is why it must be removed and disposed of from power
Fun Fact 12: Even clothes can become contaminated when radiation is
produced! Any material which becomes contaminated can remain radioactive
for thousands of years!
Fun Fact 13: When energy is released at nuclear power plants, it is done
so by splitting the atoms. When this happens, a huge amount of energy is
Fun Fact 14: Nuclear energy can produce electricity. Nuclear power
plants produce electricity which involves nuclear fission (energy is
released when atoms split, forming smaller atoms).
Fun Fact 15: Uranium is found in mines, in parts of the world such as
the United States, Russian, Canada, South Africa and Australia.