Nuclear Energy: Is Fission the Future?

Nuclear energy powers the Mars rovers as well as provides energy in more than 30 countries around the world. While some believe nuclear energy is the future of energy production, others worry about the risk factors and radioactive waste. The eighth lesson in a 13-part series on Exploring Energy presents both sides of the nuclear energy debate.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Share some PBS documentaries about nuclear energy; a list and description of a few are here
  • Research handling nuclear waste as many countries approach this challenge from different perspectives
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of fission versus fusion
Pros

  • Includes subtitles in six languages
  • Links to many additional resources
Cons

  • None