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Virtual Science Challenge Timeline

  • Period: to

    Identifying participating schools

  • Start of students' application process

    Start of students' application process
  • Students' & Mentors' selection

    Students' & Mentors'  selection
  • Release of the Module 1: Basic Nuclear Physics

    Release of the Module 1: Basic Nuclear Physics
    What you need to know about nuclear physics to understand spent fuel management
  • Start of the project for the students

    Start of the project for the students
    Students preliminary study starts using online resources on the project website, and interact each
    other using virtual class room
  • Online orientation meeting

    Online orientation meeting
    Orientation meeting for all the participants including mentors and students using web conferencing tool.s Program coordinator provides all the participants with essential information such
    as the goals of the program, expected outcomes, timelines, and the important aspects of cross-
    cultural communication.
  • First Mentors/Teachers Workshop

    First Mentors/Teachers Workshop
    1st Mentors/Teachers training workshop using web conferencing tools. Lecturers will be CNS specialists, and nuclear scientists from the US national laboratory (or Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey), and experts from Russia’s research institutes
  • Period: to

    Summer Vacation! Self-Study period

    Students self study, while mentors and project team facilitate online discussions among students.
  • Release of the Module 2: Introduction to Nuclear Energy

    Release of the Module 2: Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • First virtual mini-conference

    First virtual mini-conference
    First virtual mini-conference for all the participants. Guest speakers will be invited. The mini-workshop is designed to enhance students’ motivation to study the selected science topic and knowledge on the issue.
  • Release of the Module 3: The Problems of Nuclear Spent Fuel

    Release of the Module 3: The Problems of Nuclear Spent Fuel
    What you need to know about chemistry to understand nuclear spent fuel management;
    What nuclear spent fuel is, where it is, the risks of spent fuel, and accidental and intentional threats;
    Existing efforts to manage spent fuel
  • Second Mentors/Teachers Workshop

    Second Mentors/Teachers Workshop
    Second Mentors/Teachers training workshop using web conferencing tool.
  • First Assignment Due Date

    First Assignment Due Date
    Each team posts their work on the project's website. Feedback to students’ responses will be given within a couple of weeks by CNS experts
  • Release of the Module 4.1: Case Studies by Country

    Release of the Module 4.1: Case Studies by Country
  • Release of the Module 4.2

  • Second virtual mini-conference

    Second virtual mini-conference
    Second virtual mini-confrence for all the participants. Guest speakers will be invited.
  • Second Assignment Due Date

    Second Assignment Due Date
    Each team posts their work on the project's website
  • Release of the Module 5: Your Solution to the Problems of Spent Fuel

    Release of the Module 5: Your Solution to the Problems of Spent Fuel
  • Third Mentors/Teachers Workshop

    Third Mentors/Teachers Workshop
    Third Mentors/Teachers training workshop using web conferencing tools
  • Third Assignment's Due Date

    Third Assignment's Due Date
    Each team posta their work on the project's website
  • Due Date for the First Draft of the Final Paper

    Due Date for the First Draft of the Final Paper
  • Period: to

    Teams submit the second draft of the final project

  • Period: to

    Project Evaluation

  • Virtual Science Fair

    Virtual Science Fair