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The Manhattan Project and Trinity


Found in: science; social studies; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (Hill and Wang, New York, 2012) presents the history, science, and politics underlying the development, use, and consequences of the atomic bomb in stark black & white illustrations. Most of the dialog of principal characters was taken from written records. The author included a bibliography of print, video, and Internet resources. The book is suitable for students in grades 5-12. This book can be purchased on Amazon or found free at your local library.

Lesson Plans:

  • Government and The Bomb To understand the relationship between science and government during the Manhattan Project, students in grades 9-12 read Einstein's letter to President Roosevelt and draft their own version of a response from Roosevelt.
  • Oppenheimer and the Bomb Students in grades 9-12 examine J. Robert Oppenheimer's role in the Manhattan Project.

Background Resources:

  • Voices of the Manhattan Project is a collection of audio and video interviews with Manhattan Project workers and families, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, General Leslie R. Groves, Hans Bethe, and others.
  • Atomic Heritage Foundation includes first-hand accounts, educational resources, and virtual tours of Manhattan Project sites.
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory: Our History includes a video, “Trinity to Trinity” (7:40) that gives an overview of nuclear testing from above ground to underground to virtual 3D testing on supercomputers.

Interactive:

  • The Manhattan Project
    An interactive map providing information on the Project locations on Manhattan Island.

Printable:

Video:

  • The Bomb (1:54:39) Nuclear weapons from the earliest A-bomb tests to their continued impact on international politics. The site offers the full episode and clips.

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