Worksheets and lesson ideas to challenge students aged 11 to 16 to think hard about nuclear fission (GCSE and Key Stage 3)
The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima provides a powerful context to study nuclear fission and explore the impact science can have on human lives. This is important because it gives the knoweldge we learn in classrooms some meaning. There are some excellent A-bomb artefacts from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum that you can show students.
Nuclear fission and the bombing of Hiroshima
GCSE worksheet on nuclear fission and the bombing of Hiroshima. This activity explains the science behind nuclear fission in the context of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The context provides an opportunity for students to consider the role scientific ‘progress’ plays on human lives. Before teaching nuclear fission make sure students are confident with the different types of radioactive decay and atomic structure. (PDF)
Some background information on the atomic bomb