A-CINCH Project

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.

This project also receives funding from the Norwegian Research Council under grant agreement N° 313053.

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.

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Innovative Educational Tools

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.

PARTNERS

Participant organization name Short name Country
1 Czech Technical University in Prague CTU Czech Republic
2 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover LUH Germany
3 Politecnico di Milano POLIMI Italy
4 Institut Jozef Stefan JSI Slovenia
5 Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola Ab CHALMERS Sweden
6 Helsingin Yliopisto UH Finland
7 University Of Leeds UNIVLEEDS United Kingdom
8 Otto-von-Guericke University OVGU Germany
9 National Nuclear Laboratory Limited NNL United Kingdom
10 Institut Mines-Telecom IMT France
11 European Nuclear Education Network ENEN Belgium
12 University Of Cyprus UCY Cyprus
13 Universitetet I Oslo UIO Norway
14 The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs CEFAS United Kingdom
15 Evalion s.r.o EVALION Czech Republic
16 M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University MSU Russian Federation
17 Instituto Superior Tecnico IST Portugal
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