Radioactive Simulations

9th - 12th

Students simulate radioactive decay and nuclear power using an on line interactive web site. In this on line lesson plan, students monitor radioactive isotopes and record the activity of a particular element as the decay progresses. They answer 4 questions about radiation levels, emission levels and the risk of exposure. Students play the role of a nuclear power plant operator trying to make the most power without letting the plant melt down.

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Life Science
Instructional Design
Inquiry-Based Learning

Itaipu Dam and Power Plant (Brazil and Paraguay)

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