“Race to Space” is designed to align with the learning goals of EU countries, with an emphasis on the physics and application of neutron scattering. The learning goals of this course aim to foster students’ scientific literacy, promote inquiry-based learning, and provide a foundation for further studies in physics and related fields. By addressing these goals, students are encouraged to develop a deep understanding of scientific concepts, engage in practical investigations, communicate effectively, and think critically about the applications and implications of scientific knowledge.

Learning goals specifically related to neutron scattering

Students should be able to:

  • Describe the neutron properties and their relations
  • Characterise the neutron beam flux
  • Investigate the neutron wave properties
  • Characterise different types of neutron scattering
  • Envision real-world user cases where neutron scattering might be relevant

Relevant general learning goals that are emphasised in the science curricula of EU countries

Students should be able to:

  • Understand the nature of scientific inquiry and its relevance to society
  • Gain knowledge about specific scientific phenomena, such as particles, waves, energy, and nuclear processes
  • Formulate and test hypotheses through practical investigations and experiments
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data using various representations
  • Effectively communicate scientific topics using appropriate terminology and representations.
  • Document and present scientific findings and concepts in written and oral forms
  • Engage in scientific discourse and discussion to exchange ideas and information
  • Develop skills for reasoning, problem-solving, and critical analysis
  • Consider ethical responsibilities and implications related to scientific discoveries and advancements
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