Implementation of ‘Nuclear power plant mission’ (SOI-BE-498)

This learning scenario was implemented in the subject natural science in the senior year of secondary education. The age of the students is 17-18 years, the group size  is 20. Students have not had any specific experience in the use of science digital heritage. The students have the topic in their curriculum of science. By using this learning scenario they can use their gained knowledge in a different way and prove they master the matter of the subject.

The use of this learning scenario helps the educator to evaluate the level of comprehension of the students on the topic of nuclear physics.

Learning process

Before the use of the learning scenario, I made some adaptations to it, to make it fit in the curriculum of the students: some questions were replaced, others were formulated differently. The whole LS was translated in Dutch to make sure students would fully understand the assignment.  

To implement the learning scenario, I used two lessons (100 min). Since the learning scenario is designed as an escape room, I choose a moment where I could use two connected lessons, so no answers would get lost between the first part and the second part of the activity. The students work in pairs to solve the questions of the escape room, this give them to chance discuss their ideas.  

As I am working together with a colleague who is teaching a parallel group of students on this subject, we chose to have botch lessons on the same day, in order to avoid students revealing answers to their peers.

The aim is to help all students to reach the exit of the escape room. As time is limited, we gave them hints on certain answers, but we registered the number of times they asked for help, so we could take this in count for their final score.

Results   As a result of these lessons, we aim to get students more familiar with the topic of nuclear science and to improve students’ knowledge of the subject content. They should use the subject matter to complete the various sub-tasks. By implementing the theory in a different way from how they saw it during class, they process the subject matter better. Students will obtain a certificate of excellence upon completion.  

Link to the learning scenario implemented: Nuclear Power Plant Mission (LS-HR-703) – Teaching With Europeana (

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute.

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