Nuclear Day Friday 20 March Period 2-5

The theme of nuclear fission was explored in a variety of ways over a 4 hour period. Students started the day with a film by Jordan-Jay from Y10 which showed the potential and dangers of nuclear power. Then it was straight into the Human Chain Reaction experiment, where all 147 Y9 students took on the role of neutrons in a Uranium nucleus – great fun and it really got across what happens in a nuclear reactor. Y10 drama students then told the nuclear story up to Fermi in a creative way and also showed a moving piece about Hiroshima. The students then spent the rest of the morning using marbles, popsicle sticks and dominos to explore fission concepts. Oh yes – and they also built a nuclear power station out of cardboard and plastic bottles. It wasn’t a working model. We tested the students with GCSE papers in the afternoon and had a rewards assembly; the results of the test show the positive impact on learning of such a creative approach. The prizes winners for best power stations and best contributions to the day are shown in the photograph

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