Mini Project Two

Mini Project 2 & Final Project Instruction:

Team Project

***Download the Instructions for Mini Project 2 & Final Project


Mini-Project 2

***For the final project, each team will collaborate on a presentation of their designated country.

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Each team will develop the mini-project for their designated country. Resources can be found on various websites, including those of the IAEA, OECD, International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), and World Nuclear Association. Please see the links posted on the Facebook group page. The mini-project will include:

1. An annotated map of the designated country using Google My Maps (see instructions, below)

a. Plot all facets of the fuel cycle: mines, conversion plants, enrichment facilities, reactors, reprocessing and storage facilities, etc.
b. Include facts and figures regarding the above sites.
c. Include facts and figures on total electricity generation from nuclear power, tons of spent fuel per year, how much has been accumulated to date, how it is stored
2. A narrative (brief) overview of the team’s map
a. Describe in narrative form what the team has found in #1
b. Record the narrative in audio or video to accompany the map
3. The map and audio or video file will be displayed on the VSC website
4. Include a brief written paragraph on the team’s proposed plan for the final project


Final Virtual Science Fair Project

The final project can take many forms. Each team’s plan for how it will present its country should be submitted in Mini-Project 2.

The submitted project has two parts: 

  1. A brief report of the country’s nuclear profile, using the points below (a-m) as a guideline 
  2. Visual presentation of the teams’ solution to the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) problems of their designated country. Alternatively, the team can present a regional or global solution.


The science fair project presenting the team’s solution to the SNF problem of their designated country should be a visual display for the website. This is a science fair display.

In order to develop a presentation of the team’s solution, each team must know the spent fuel challenges, problems and realities of their country. Therefore, teams should include all the points below (a-m) in their research.

The report to accompany the project—in written, audio or visual form—should discuss only the relevant points (a-m) related to the team’s solution.

a. What percentage of total energy generation comes from nuclear power

b. Number of NPPs in operation, number of NPPs to be built, number of NPPs to be phased out, etc.

c. Spent fuel management: methods of disposal, reprocessing, etc.

d. The country’s existing and potential nuclear security risks posed by SNF

e. The country’s nuclear energy and SNF policy vs. the reality

f. Constraints on policy, e.g., stakeholders and their positions, the domestic debate over nuclear power and/or disposal of SNF, protests, etc.

g. Physical and technical constraints, e.g., geological considerations in siting disposal sites, transportation issues, etc.

h. How full the SNF pools are; what has been done, if anything, to make more room

i. What are the legal issues involved in transferring SNF from site to site, or within site

j. What the transportation or proposed transportation routes are—land? Sea?

k. What the dry cask situation is: technical and political issues, who takes care of the waste, who is responsible for design of geological repositories, interim waste facilities, long-term waste facilities

l. What the country’s PR (public relations) strategy is

m. What country’s challenges and/or strengths are in meeting the team’s solution, whether it is a state, regional, or global solution



How to create a map for Mini-Project 2

  1. Make a Google account for your team
  2. Go to the My Maps tutorial “Create My Maps:
  3. Go to 
  4. In the search box type the name of your country
  5. Click the “my places” tab and then click orange “create map” button
  6. Give it a title (e.g., Nuclear Facilities in Germany)
  7. Press “save” then “done
  8. You have now created a map. Press “edit” to go back in to add pins for plotting the nuclear sites
  9. Add a pin by entering the name of a city where the nuclear site is located in the search box. You’ll see a red pin on the name of the city. This pin is for “preview” only. It will not save to the map.
  10. Click on the blue pin button. The cursor becomes a blue pin. Place the blue pin on top of the red pin and click. Click “save.”
  11. To add information about the site, click on the blue pin. A pop-up box will appear. Add facility name and any other information you want to include. Press “Ok.” Press “save.”
  12. To preview, press the “done” button, and then press on the pin. The pop-up will appear so you can check the data.
  13. To edit the pin, press the “edit” button, and make any changes.
  14. To change the color or style of the pin icon, click on the icon picture in the pop-up box. You can give different types of facilities different colors; however, be sure to keep your color scheme consistent throughout your map. For example, all enrichment facilities should be one color/style; all reactors should be one color/style, etc.
  15. When finished, click “save” and “done.” There will be a “link” button above the edit button. NOTE: At this point, a final pop-up box will appear with the name of your map. Ignore the blue links at the bottom of the box.
  16. Go to the “link” button above the edit button on the left side of the screen. Copy the highlighted link. Paste it into an email to share with others.

Good Luck!