Modules Overview

How are the educational modules used in the virtual science challenge program?

The five modules form the core of the learning experience for the program. They are designed to be informative, interactive, and project-oriented, providing opportunities to construct scientific investigation into the topics.  Characters, such as “The Inspector”, are based on each module’s content and guide students through the learning process, posing questions and leading them to the next step.

Module Features:

  • Video presentations
  • Games
  • Vocabulary builders
  • Interactive Maps and Charts
  • Quiz and assessment
  • Projects and Investigations

Module 1: Basic Nuclear Physics
  • What you need to know about nuclear physics to understand spent fuel management
Module 2: Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • How nuclear energy works
  • The nuclear fuel cycle
  • Peaceful uses
  • Military use
Module 3: The Problems of Nuclear Spent Fuel
  • What you need to know about chemistry to understand nuclear spent fuel management
  • What nuclear spent fuel is, where it is, the risks of spent fuel, and accidental and intentional threats
  • Existing efforts to manage spent fuel
Module 4: Case Studies by Country
  • Economic, social, scientific and geopolitical perspectives
  • Countries that use direct disposal
Module 5: Your Solution to the Problems of Spent Fuel
  • What do you think needs to be done in the future?
  • What is your solution to the problem?