On the way to Idaho Falls, we stopped at EBR-I, the world's first nuclear power plant. We were all so tired, and the two little kids were fast asleep, so it was oh-so-tempting to just drive right on by. Nonetheless, it was highly recommended by several people, and we made the stop. It really was worthwhile! We learned a lot about atoms, neutrons, protons, electrons, and fission. I was impressed with how well the displays were worded. When we walked in, the kids knew absolutely nothing about nuclear power, and when we left, they had a basic understanding of it. Definitely more than I knew at their ages!
|The kids loved the hands-on exhibits|
|These four string lights were the first items ever powered by nuclear power (not the same bulbs from 1951, obviously). The next day, the plant operated exclusively on nuclear power...impressive!|
|Right above the reactor (you can go inside & we did)|