North West Nuclear Consortium (NWNC) is an independent educational laboratory in Federal Way, Washington. Our mission is to educate high school students, and the community, about nuclear technologies in energy and medicine. At our Federal Way location, we operate an advanced Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor designed and built by our students over the last six years. It is used primarily as a platform for experiments in neutron activation, induced fission, radiation biology and plasma physics. While the Farnsworth-Hirsch device has been the centerpiece of our lab, we also have facilities for small-scale chemistry and biochemistry projects, and a full suite of radiation detection equipment for environmental and operational monitoring. Our students use these tools to perform original research, resulting in scholarships, science fair appearances, publications and internships with companies in the US and abroad.Recognition and awards
Intel ISEF 2016: Third place in Translational Medical Science
Intel ISEF 2015: Fourth Place in Physics and Astronomy
Intel ISEF 2013: Second place in Physics and Astronomy
Washington State Science and Engineering Fair 2016: First place Grand Award
Washington State Science and Engineering Fair 2016: 5 First place team awards in catagory
Washington State Science and Engineering Fair 2015: 5 First place team awards in catagory
Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair 2015: First place - Physics
Washington State Science and Engineering Fair 2014: 2 First place team awards in catagory
Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair 2014: Second place (two teams)
Washington State Science and Engineering Fair 2013: First place Grand Award
WSU Imagine Tomorrow Science Fair 2012: First place Grand Award & $10,000
$800,000 in scholarship awards over 6 years of competition.
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Note: We work to provide our students with the opportunity to do relevant research and remain safe at all times. We do not handle fissile or restricted materials of any sort, and we comply fully with local and federal guidelines for the safe storage of the small amounts of radioactive materials we possess.