The "So What?" of Nuclear Chemistry

Tried to give my students a connection to real life while studying nuclear chemistry including half-lives and radiation. I asked them to read the article "Life Returns to an Eerie Chernobyl", consider NPR's "Voices of Chernobyl: Survivor Stories", go to Chernobyl Facts site for more info, use Google Earth to look at pictures of Pripyat in the Ukraine, and finally give me a reflection on it all: - Based on the SCIENCE of nuclear chemistry, do you think the area is safe for people to live and grow food in? - What do you think should be done with the land? The students answered the reflection prompts and really did not reflect at any depth. Need to practice this more.

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