AUGMENTED COOPERATION IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN NUCLEAR AND RADIOCHEMISTRY
DESCRIPTION of the A-CINCH Project
This project receives funding from the EURATOM Research and Training programme 3 years under grant agreement N° 945301.
The A-CINCH project primarily addresses the loss of the young generation’s interest for nuclear knowledge by focusing on secondary / high school students and teachers and involving them by the “Learn through Play” concept.
This challenge will be tackled by bringing advanced educational techniques such as state-of the art 3D virtual reality NRC laboratory, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), RoboLab distance operated robotic experiments, Interactive Screen Experiments, NucWik database of teaching materials, or Flipped Classroom, into the NRC education. All the new and existing tools will be wrapped-up around the CINCH Hub – a user-friendly and easy-to-navigate single point of access – that will contribute increasing the number of students and trainees in the field of nuclear and radiochemistry.
Nuclear awareness will be further increased by the High School Teaching Package, Summer Schools for high school students, Teach the Teacher package and many others. Additionally, successful educational and training tools from previous projects will be continued and further developed.
The main motivation behind this project is that: expertise in nuclear and radiochemistry (NRC) is of strategic relevance in the nuclear energy sector and in many vital applications. The need for radiochemistry expertise will increase even more as the focus shifts from safe nuclear power plant operation to decontamination and decommissioning, waste management and environmental monitoring.
Applications for NRC can be found also in other fields such as life sciences (e.g. radiopharmaceuticals, radiological diagnostics and therapy), geology and archaeology (e.g. dating), nuclear forensics and safeguards operations, and even in radiation protection and radioecology.
The development of the CINCH Hub can be regarded as the “overall objective” of the A-CINCH project along with the development of an innovative Virtual Lab based on the involvement of augmented reality and gamification applied on nuclear and radiochemistry education with the overall goal to increase the number of students and trainees.
The CINCH Hub will be a unified access point wrapping-up all the tools, materials and courses developed in the CINCH-project series.
The virtual radiochemical laboratory (VR-Lab) will give a new dimension to the new A-CINCH toolbox of NRC teaching tools combining Virtual Realiy with Hands-on Training, MOOC and all other CINCH tools and materials.
Organization of the Work
The project is articulated in 7 Working Packages (WP) either stemming from the 3 pillars, considered the main axis of the project, or intended as horizontal activities.
The pillars will be supported by two cross-cutting activities
(a) Dissemination and Networking
(b) Mobility and Management.
These three pillars are planned to: contain, link and use all of the earlier developed tools and the new ideas behind the A-CINCH objectives.
The common main goal of these pillars is to develop a platform (CINCH Hub), where it will be possible to wrap up the CINCH tools and their content and at the same time to use this platform as a unifying tool for modern education.