Why is fermium, discovered after the nuclear fallout, on the periodic table when it has no known uses? It may not sound like an important element, but the story of the construction of the first nuclear reactor outside is fascinating. Learn more from a video in a series on each of the chemical elements.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Read more about the monument to honor nuclear energy at the University of Chicago
  • Research Enrico Fermi, the creator of the world's first nuclear reactor
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