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Learning objects Reacting to emergencies

TLF ID L48

Operate controls for a simulated nuclear reactor. Regulate coolant flow and position of control rods. Respond to mechanical failures and other emergencies. Ensure safe operation and avoid a meltdown. This learning object is one in a series of two learning objects.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students regulate cooling and fission activity in a nuclear power station.
  • Students explore how nuclear energy can be converted into electrical energy.
Educational value
  • Simulates a nuclear reactor with interactive controls for rod height and speed of coolant flow.
  • Enables students to explore the types of emergencies that can occur when nuclear energy is converted into electricity in a nuclear power station.
  • Requires students to respond to a number of emergencies and generate electricity without a meltdown by regulating cooling and fission activity.
  • Provides a sample results table to print out.
  • Provides a glossary and topics for further research.
Year level

9; 10

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    Concept
    • Science/Energy management
    • Science/Neutrons
    • Science/Experiments
    • Science/Disasters
    • Science/Heat
    • Science/Safety
    • Science/Control
    • Science/Machines
    Skill
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Australian Science Teachers Association
    • Address: Canberra ACT 2600 Australia
    • URL: http://www.asta.edu.au/
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.