Welcome to the 2nd European Fusion Teacher Day! An annual event for all science and physics teachers in Europe, organised by FuseNet. The goal of the European Fusion Teacher Day is to introduce nuclear fusion to secondary school teachers throughout Europe, to discuss teaching nuclear fusion to secondary school students and to create enthusiasm for the field of fusion at the secondary education level.
The event features a local session, organize by DIFFER, with lectures by local fusion experts on current fusion research in your area. Next, the event offers a global livestream in which new (free) educational materials are to be presented and keynote speakers from the international fusion community give an inside look into the largest scientific collaboration in the world.
Participation is open to every science and physics teacher in Europe. Participation is free of charge. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance after the event.
News item by Fusenet:
2nd European Fusion Teacher Day
On 1 October 2021, FuseNet is organising its 2nd European Fusion Teacher Day. After the well-received seminal edition in October 2020, FuseNet and a group of 15+ participating countries are organising a second event for secondary school teachers along the width and breadth of Europe and across three time zones. The day starts with 15+ domestic livestreams and continues with a global livestream in the (late) afternoon. The event will take place fully remotely via Zoom.
Central to this 2nd Teacher Day is the official launch of our Fusion Educational Materials for Secondary Schools during the global livestream. A team of enthusiastic fusion students and alumni have been working with a professional physics teacher to prepare five context-rich modules for secondary schools. They cover large portions of the fusion effort— like plasmas, materials, history and deployment—in a way that secondary school students and teachers can relate to.
ITER Organization will be putting in an appearance in the global portion of the program as well. They’ll be reporting to us directly from the ITER tokamak pit in Cadarache, France, where constructions on the world’s largest tokamak are in full swing. Attendees to the Teacher Day will thus have the opportunity to walk into the beating heart of fusion even if they are behind their laptops.
Like last year, the Teacher Day will start out in domestic sessions. These are organised by local fusion partners in their own languages. The domestic sessions allow our local partners to showcase their countries’ fusion strengths, so their contents will vary on a country-to-country basis. They include presentations by scientists, virtual laboratory tours, tours of fusion devices, and more.