Reed Reactor Visitor Information
We are offering in-person tours again as of August 17th, 2021! Please review our COVID-19 guidelines before you schedule a tour.
We offer free tours and labs to educational groups. If you would like to visit the reactor for a tour and/or a lab please fill out a Tour Request Form. We will try to get back to you within 3 business days. For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: In general, we do not offer tours to individual members of the public, or groups that are not associated with educational institutions or programs fulfilling an educational mission.
The tour lasts about 1 hour, and covers a wide range of topic, from the basics of reactor physics, to the operator training program, and the science we do at our reactor. Tours can easily be tailored for many different age groups and levels of education, from about sixth graders to adults. In addition to tours, we offer a variety of labs, listed below.
We ask that you limit your group size to 30 people, and take responsibility for chaperoning any young children. If anyone in your group requires any specific accommodations (such as wheel chair access, a translator, ect.) let us know beforehand so we can make any arrangements necessary. Minimum age for tours and labs is 10 years old.
When visiting the Reed Reactor:
- You will be asked to leave food and beverage outside.
- You will be asked to leave bags and heavy coats in the hallway.
- You will be asked to print your name in our Visitor Log.
- You may be asked for photo identification if you are an adult.
- You should wear closed-toe shoes.
- You must ask permission before taking photos or video.
These are the labs we do most often. Labs are best suited for 6-12 students, last about 1 hour and will be run by student staff members.
Vanadium Half-life lab
We measure the half-life of a short-lived radioisotope. This is our most popular lab and scales well for a variety of age groups.
Silver Dime Lab (Half-Life)
This is a slightly more sophisticated version of the Half-life lab. Allow students to measure the radiation coming off of dimes, which have two simultaneously decaying isotopes of silver. Good for older groups (College and some high school groups).
Student will learn good survey technique as you get the opportunity to detect the common sources of radiation from our everyday lives. Good for younger groups (8th grade and younger).