2018 Volume 9 Issue 3 Pages 41-47
In this document, recent trends on Nuclear Science and Technology education (NST) in secondary schools in the Asia-Pacific region were introduced. The IAEA is hosting a technical cooperation program on NST human resource development. It aims to develop key teachers in this region, and also aims to develop a standard NST education curriculum in this region (Phase I; 2012 - 2016 and Phase II, 2018 - 2021). The role of Japan in this program and the related R&D status, which the authors, Team JAPAN, are currently working, were introduced. Feedback from official pilot activities in the six countries of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Jordan has been utilized, and Team JAPAN has expanded its perspective to develop new educational tools and modules. Main development examples are the Peltier cooling type cloud chamber with a large area of view, a next-generation environmental radiation survey meter for education, the simple hand-held radiation counting tube for education, and the radiation sources made of natural substances. The authors consider that how to obtain educational tools and radiation sources suitable for schools and how to handle them well and safely is an important subject for future study.