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Operation Clean Desert


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Operation Clean Desert is a set of activities following the adventures of Dr. Proton and Adam the Atom as they learn about the Nevada National Security Site. The activities are geared toward teaching about ongoing efforts to address environmental challenges, such as contaminated groundwater and radioactive waste disposal. The set of activities include an activity book, Teacher’s Guide, and an interactive computer game.

Parents, educators, community groups/programs can request free copies of the activity book and Teacher’s Guide by e-mailing Envmgt@nnsa.doe.gov or calling 702-295-3521.


Operation Clean Desert Activity Book

The activity book follows the adventures of Adam the Atom, Doctor Proton, and their friends as they travel to the Nevada National Security Site. Along the way, they share tons of interesting facts about the site, including its unique and important history and environmental cleanup activities.  The activity book includes illustrations mixed with actual site photographs which present scientific information, an experiment, word puzzles, and an atom activity.   A companion lesson plan is available for educators upon request.

Download the entire Activity Book [PDF icon PDF 16MB] or send a request for a hard copy to Envmgt@nnsa.doe.gov.


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CD CoverOperation Clean Desert Interactive Game

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Dr. Proton and Adam need your help to find Axel, Adam's not so stable twin brother. You will need to learn about many Environmental Management activities at the Nevada National Security Site in order to work through the game and capture Axel...

Flash Icon Operation Clean Desert Interactive Game [SWF Flash, 4.5MB]


Teacher’s Guide

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Operation Clean Desert in the Classroom is a science module that uses characters, Dr. Proton and Adam the Atom, to educate students about environmental cleanup of contamination caused by historic nuclear testing at the Nevada National Security Site.

Students will use the scientific processes, protocols, and tools, including inquiry, to build understanding of structures, patterns, and relationships explained through the Operation Clean Desert Activity Book. Critical thinking, collaboration on, accuracy, and communication on skills will be emphasized as students refine their scientific literacy.

Download the Operation Clean Desert lesson plan, student activity book and worksheet, and videos for use in the classroom today:

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Date Last Modified: November 16, 2015