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An introduction to nuclear fission
An introduction to the concept of nuclear fission. The inside of a nuclear power station is shown and the make-up of the nuclear reactor is described. It is explained how nuclear fission creates heat to generate electricity. Computer graphics of the nuclear reaction are shown. There is a discussion of the issues surrounding nuclear energy including cancer, the potential for a Chernobyl-type disaster and the production of nuclear waste that cannot yet be safely disposed of.
This could be used to teach how the nuclear fission reaction provides energy, and the associated risks of nuclear fission. Students could be asked to watch the clip and describe in their own words either or both of these issues afterwards.
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