Sample STEM Design Brief
Nuclear Reactor Containment
STEM Design Challenge
“NXT Lego Robotics”
Team Members: ___________________________________
Your team must build and program a robot that will collect the uranium fuel rods in the Eagle Ridge Nuclear Reactor before a meltdown will occur. You robot has enough fuel for two-90 seconds trips into the reactor core that is heavily polluted with radiation. Your team must place the sum of 7 of the 10 fuel rods in the containment area to save the Eagle Ridge community of a nuclear disaster. If your team only gets the sum of 7 or less, ……BOOM – “F”. May the force be with you! Each team must print out their programs that they created.
- Split your team up into builders and programmers.
- Possible two programs are needed to go forward and one for reverse.
- Design your collection device to hold as many cups as possible.
- Have a team member help hold the wires during testing.
Typical Reactor Layout ERMS
Each Team Must have these questions completed by the conclusion of the
Write Internet address used : www.________________________________
List and describe what each of the 5 components of the containment unit. 10 points each, 50 max.
2- Fuel Rods-
4- Heat Exchanger-
Please describe/outline how energy is created in a nuclear reactor. 50 points max.
What is a “meltdown?” 20 points max.
List 3 reasons why robotics used in nuclear reactors. 10 points each, 30 point max.
With the shortage a power across the U.S., should the U. S. pursue the construction of future nuclear reactors? Pro or Con? List why with supporting facts and data. 50-point max.
Grading 500 total points possible.
Fuel Rod Containment 200 points possible.
Each cup is worth 20 points.
7 cups gathered would be a 70% / D-.
10 cups gathered would be a 100% / A+.
Computer program 100 points possible.
Written Assessment 200 points possible.
Your Team Grade:
Number of cups collected ____ X 20 Points each Cup = ______ Points / 200 max
Computer Program- did it work correctly?……………. = ______ Points / 100 max
Written Assessment-…………………………………...= ______ Points / 200 max
______ Total Points
Technology Education 8
Eagle Ridge Middle SchoolLCPS