004 - Nuclear Energy

Fatual Question

What is nuclear energy?

What are the benefits and problems of nuclear energy?

Debatable Question

Nuclear energy is the saviour of energy. Discuss

Taken From: Wikipedia

Key Terminology

  • Transboundary Pollution
  • Civil Society
  • Impacts

Activity One - Watch

Divide your page into three and write the subheadings below at the top of each column. As we watch the clips fill in the columns.

  1. General Knowledge of Nuclear Energy
      • What is it?
      • How does it work?
  2. Positives of Nuclear Energy
      • Social Factors
      • Environmental Factors
      • Economic Factors
      • Political Factors
  3. Negatives of Nuclear Energy
      • Social Factors
      • Environmental Factors
      • Economic Factors
      • Political Factors

Activity Two - Transboundary Pollution

Generally nuclear reactors have stringent laws placed on them as the repercussions of an explosion are horrific. The damage of nuclear explosions are long lasting and can have devastating effects on the human body as well as the economy. The explosion of a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986 caused untold and lasting damage on a local and regional scale. While the event happened three decades ago the consequences of the explosion can still be felt today. In fact there is someone on the corner of Route des Morillons protesting every day for the WHO to release accurate and 'truthful' data on the actual damage that was caused in Chernobyl.

Taken From: http://faculty.virginia.edu/metals/Images/Chernobyl2.jpg
  1. By using the map and the Youtube clip above describe the spread of the nuclear pollutants.
  2. Develop a timeline of the event and the spread of the radioactive cloud. To do this we are going to use https://timeline.knightlab.com/ You will need to include the following points on your timeline:
      • Year
      • Month
      • Day
      • Time (this is the one you will generally focus on)
      • Headline (key event e.g. nuclear reactor overheats)
      • Text (description of what was happening at that time)
      • NB/ this is the first time I have used this software so we are learning together!


Activity Three - Impact

Taken From: http://files2.coloribus.com/files/adsarchive/part_1335/13353605/file/greenpeace-nuclear-small-71324.jpg

The group will be divided into two to look at either the positive or negative impacts of nuclear energy. One group will focus on GreenPeace's views and the other will focus on why energy poor countries such as France, UK and Japan continue to use nuclear energy. To present your findings you will be creating an infographic using piktochart to visually show your results. As it is an infographic you are focusing on the importance of comparable data and your skills at presenting information in an interesting way.

Before we start anything we need to find out what an infographic is:

  1. What is an infographic?
  2. Find an infographic that you like and write down why you like it.
  3. Find an infographic that you don't like and write down why you don't like it.

Key Requirements

        • At least two graphs
        • 50% of your infographic needs to be images/graphs/maps
        • Bibliography
        • Hand in the investigating sheet
        • Email your teacher the link to your piktochart once finished

Things to Think About

        • Size of writing
        • Colour
        • Be persuasive

Before you start using piktochart you need to research data and ideas to put in it. To do this you will filling in a copy of the research grid below, this will help me to assess Criteria B - Investigating.

Investigation Grid

Investigating Grid for Nuclear Energy

Using PiktoChart

Thank you to Richard Allaway for putting this help sheet together.

      • Log in to Piktochart by clicking 'sign up for free', choose google and sign in with your school email address.
      • Click 'create new' and choose infographic.
      • Choose the blank template.
      • Give your infographic a name.
      • Start creating - if you are unsure of how to use things look at the help sheet below as there is a useful clip to watch which outlines how to use infographics.

How will I be assessed? How can I achieve the highest grades?

You will be assessed using Criteria A - Knowing and Understanding, Criteria B - Investigating and Criteria C - Communicating.

How will I be assessed?

Criteria A: Knowing and Understanding

Criterion B: Investigating

Criterion C: Communicating

Alternative Assessment

You work for GreenPeace and it is your job to create a guide that explains the impact that nuclear energy has on the world today. The guide needs to include the following:

Key Requirements

      1. What nuclear energy is.
      2. Why countries feel the need to use nuclear energy. The justifications they use and then why GreenPeace do not accept those thoughts. The focus could be France and the UK.
      3. Why GreenPeace do not want countries to extend their nuclear energy programmes. Focus on what happens when it goes wrong (Sellafield, Chernobyl, Fukushima).
      4. What are the feasible alternatives to the increased demand for energy? (Renewable sources of energy).

How will I be assessed? How can I achieve the highest grades?

While this assignment is to produce a guide we will be focusing on the Assessment Criteria A (Knowledge and Understanding) and Criteria B (Investigating). To assess Criteria B effectively you need to complete the following things:

      • Devise a challenging research question. Use the command terms on the cupboard doors to help you do this.
      • Create an action plan to complete the project.
      • Effectively collect your research.
      • Evaluate the process.

All of this will be complete on mindmiester which you will print off and hand in with your guides.

Criteria B - Investigating

How will I be assessed

Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding

Criterion B: Investigating

Example of Student's Work

Students presented the project in a variety of formats ranging from hand written leaflets to LucidPress. Below is an example of a student who used a googlesite.