Who's Afraid of Nuclear Energy? Introducing basic concepts of nuclear physics




Nuclear energy: the energy giant paving the way to a brighter future, or a devastating, volatile and dangerous technology that inevitably leads to catastrophe? Mayor Burke has assembled a team to discuss whether or not to construct a nuclear power plant in their city of Townsville.


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Subject: Physics , Science
Classes: 10th Grade - 11th Grade
Contributors : Zohar Shoshani

Prerequisites

None necessary. This game is a gateway to the study of nuclear energy.


Get to know the characters


Professor Particles

A professor of nuclear physics, Professor Particles deals with the study of atomic nuclei and their interactions. Many researches on radioactivity consider him a valued lecturer and a world-renowned researcher. Due to his media presence, even laymen unfamiliar with the scientific community know of his resolute position in favor of the use of nuclear energy.

Trivia Fact: Particles' critics call him "Fat Man" after the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

Green Greta

A lawyer that specializes in sustainability and environmental issues, her name precedes her as an environmental activist. Her many battles in her 20 year career of activism have drawn the attention of both the public and of leaders. In her many media interviews, she always emphasizes the responsibility she feels for leaving behind a better world for her three children.

Professor Parvati

A world-renowned professor on the history of nuclear physics, she is the author of the world famous article "Nuclear Catastrophe - Past, Present, and Future" which is quoted daily by opponents of nuclear energy.

Inspector Ion

An inspector at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an international agency established in 1957 by the United Nations and the United States to promote nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and prevent its use for military purposes. With decades of experience dealing with Western powerhouses, third-world dictatorships, and countries all along the spectrum, Ian is no stranger to issues such as pollution, inter-generational equity, and the separation of civil and military energy use.

Civilian Sylvia

Sylvia has been selected for the panel to represent the views of the general public. A survey company recently identified her as representing approximately 80% of Townsville civilians' views, making her the ideal panel member for her town!



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