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Hello Educators! Check out the lesson overview for our High School Nuclear Learning Power in-class field trip on fission and fusion. Interested in us coming to your classroom? Schedule a visit!

 

Georgia Standards of Excellence

Lesson Focus: Develop a model to demonstrate fission and fusion, discuss reliability, and explain cost effectiveness of nuclear energy.

SPS4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to explain the changes in nuclear structure as a result of fission, fusion and radioactive decay.

a. Develop a model that illustrates how the nucleus changes as a result of fission and fusion.

 

Class Activities

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between fission and fusion.
  • Discuss the process of energy generation in nuclear power plants.
  • Describe the benefits of nuclear energy, its practical application as an alternative energy source, and its potential problems.
  • Describe the benefits of energy efficiency.
  • Describe the potential careers in the nuclear energy field.

PART 1: VIDEO: PLANT VOGTLE: LEADING THE NEW NUCLEAR REVOLUTION

Purpose of Activity:

  • Learn about nuclear facility operations and see how energy transforms and flows within a system.
  • Reinforce lesson language, transformations, and flow of energy within a system

PART 2: ACTIVITY SHEETS

Purpose of Activity:

  • Mathematically compare the numbers of protons and neutrons after the fission/fusion reaction with the numbers before the fission/fusion reaction.
  • Mathematical visual demonstration of a nuclear reaction.

PART 3: ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND GROUP DISCUSSION

Purpose of Activity:

  • Learn how to make smart energy choices.
  • Watch “Why nuclear energy?” video.

PART 4: CAREERS

Purpose of Activity:

  • Discuss careers in the nuclear energy field.

PART 5: PLANT VOGTLE

Purpose of Activity:

  • Review Fun Facts.

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