Building Tomorrow’s Work Force by Sharing a Piece of Nuclear History

PopAtomic Studios in partnership with the Michael Krupinski Memorial Foundation launched an exciting new fund-raising project this past week in Amelia Island at the 22nd Annual Waste Management and Clean-Up Decision Makers Forum. We unveiled these custom made sculptures displaying graphite salvaged from the very first man-made sustained nuclear reaction at Stagg Field in Chicago on December 2, 1942.

These little pieces of history are available for a charitable donation ranging from $200 to $500 and the proceeds from the sculptures is going to the Michael Krupinski Memorial Foundation (MKMF). MKMF is an effort to expand the pipeline of students entering the engineering field to support the growth of the nuclear industry’s workforce. They do this through real-time interactive reactor lab sessions that are done live via the internet using cameras in classrooms across America. We encourage you to learn more about their work and share this exciting project with anyone who might be interested in supporting this important cause.

You can see in the drawing of the Chicago Pile 1 that this graphite moderator was stacked with the Uranium in the first nuclear reaction, calculated and overseen by Enrico Fermi himself. This is such an incredible part of human history and we include a booklet with the complete history of CP-1 as well as a certificate of authenticity with each sculpture order.

There is a limited supply of this historical graphite, however, I wanted to open up this opportunity to supporters of PopAtomic since our readers tend to be good Samaritans and champions of education. We are very excited to contribute to the growth of the MKMFs outreach efforts and consider them a close ally in our efforts to cultivate a better public understanding of nuclear energy.

If you are interested in having your own piece of history and supporting the growth of America’s nuclear workforce please contact us via email for an order form for your custom sculpture: radioactiveart@popatomic.org.

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