Nuclear Energy: Friend or Foe?: Examining Nuclear Power from a Systems Perspective
Author(s): COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY
This unit for grades 6-8 creatively explores the effects of nuclear power waste. The topic is introduced through the eyes of the mayor of a town where a nuclear power plant is located. She must decide if the facility can expand its waste disposal techniques. What are the biological implications of radiation? What are the trade-offs with which society must live as we accept nuclear technologies into our lives? These questions are answered by students as they prepare to make recommendations about the use of the nuclear power plant in their fictitious town.