Fusion, Fission, and Nuclear Power: Exploring the Chernobyl Disaster



This course introduces learners to the concept of Nuclear Energy with a breakdown of what it is, how power plants & reactors operate, the Chernobyl disaster, how it affected the world in 1986 and today, and lets learners view a walking tour of a working power plant, and more!



Meets once for 70-80 minutes.

Chernobyl is a town in Ukraine, however, when people remember Chernobyl, it is usually in reference to the Chernobyl nuclear accident. This nuclear accident in 1986 is considered to be the worst of its kind due to the high number of casualties and the cost. This nuclear disaster occurred on April 26th, 1986, when a power surge during a systems test at reactor four resulted in an explosion and a fire that sent radioactive fallout into the atmosphere. Massive evacuation efforts in the surrounding area ensued, with 45,000 people in nearby Pripyat being immediately evacuated. Many died from radiation exposure and the health of many more has been affected.

In this class, we will:
• Identify Chernobyl’s location
• Introduce the history of Nuclear Energy
• Help learners grasp the concepts of how Nuclear Power works using fusion and fission with examples
• Present information about Nuclear Reactors and their operations
• Tour a working Nuclear Power Plant
• Learn the history of Chernobyl before the disaster
• Watch and listen to interviews with workers at Chernobyl to learn what happened, how it affected people in 1986, and how it still affects the world today
• Understand the effects the accident had on wildlife
• View a video that breaks down what happened at Chernobyl
• See a walking tour of Chernobyl, current day
• Discuss what we’ve learned from the disaster
• Talk about some of the common myths and misconceptions about Nuclear Power


Friday, August 3 3pm-4pm EST