What would happen if a nuclear bomb was dropped– say, in New York City?
Nuclear weapons should be important to all of us because we’ve got to figure out how to not use them, and how to protect them.
Students will read a variety of perspectives on the moral implications of the bomb and engage in an organized debate on the topic.
Students will research the bomb and design a poster-board that explores the geopolitical context of dropping the bomb as well as its tragic effects.
Using the play In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, students will examine themes including the intersection of science and government and the “Red Scare,” and learn about the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
tudents read Einstein’s letter to President Roosevelt, and draft their own response from Roosevelt, in order to understand the cooperation between scientists and the government during the Manhattan Project.
Female scientists at Los Alamos are not often discussed, but they played an integral role in the creation of the atomic bomb.
Students engage with primary resources to form opinions on the decision to drop the bomb.
Students explore the unique role that scientists and the military played during the Manhattan Project.
Students are introduced to the Manhattan Project with film and open discussion, then use primary source documents to write an essay about the Manhattan Project.
Students simulate scientists involved in the protest agains the bomb.