The Manhattan Project:
The Race to Build the Bomb!
Lesson Objective: Identify and Discuss the dates, events, people, and moral conflicts concerning the
development of the Atomic bomb.
Explore the topic of the Manhattan Project on teacher selected websites.
Create a historical timeline for classroom display.
Write a 500 word Research Paper on Manhattan Project due prior to End of Unit
Complete Lesson 5 Roundtable Presentation.
Intro to the Manhattan Project
Many scientists and theorists believed that there
was an inherent danger in unleashing the
“nuclear genie” from the bottle of invention
that was containing it.
Others still believed that the creation of the Atom
Bomb was just a stepping stone on the path
toward harnessing the power of the Atom.
A Simple Manhattan Project
1939 Germans begin Atomic Bomb research.
1942 United States begin their Bomb development program.
1945 United States test detonates first Atomic Bomb on July
People and Places
General Leslie R. Groves University of Chicago
J. Robert Oppenheimer Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Los Alamos, NM