Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Problems and Alternatives
In the 1960s, Canada led the world in the generation of nuclear power. Its Candu reactor was on the leading edge of the search for safe, economical power. But over time, ethical and environmental issues around nuclear energy have arisen.
Students will research and write a report, including a recommendation, about one of the following issues around nuclear power:
Comparison of efficiency, safety, and cost of other reactors to Candu
Nuclear waste disposal
The lifetime of a reactor and the physical state of many current reactors
Alternate energy source: fusion
Alternate energy sources: wind, solar, biomass, tidal
Students can work individually or in groups. They will begin their research on the topic Candu: The Canadian Nuclear Reactor on the CBC Digital Archives website. They may also use other Internet resources or any resources they find helpful. Students should keep detailed notes and a record of sources consulted and cited.
When students have completed their reports, they will meet with other groups who researched similar topics. Groups should compare their research and recommendations and prepare a summary. The new, combined groups will present their summaries to the class. Following each report, encourage student discussion on the topic and recommendations. Based on all reports, each student will write a synopsis of whether to continue or shut down all Candu reactors.Download PDF