NECSA Visitor Centre

Launched by NECSA at their Pelindaba facility in Pretoria, the NECSA Visitor Centre is a high-tech, multimedia visitor centre featuring a variety of interactive multimedia exhibits which educate the visitor on various aspects of the nuclear industry, from the history of the nuclear industry in South Africa, to nuclear fuel production and management. The centre aims to inform the public about the work of NECSA and to demystify nuclear power and the nuclear industry.

Visitors to the centre will find a number of interesting interactive exhibits on display:

  • A touch screen kiosk, custom-made to resemble the NECSA logo, provides the visitor with insight into NECSA and what the company is all about.
  • The Nuclear Fuel Cycle exhibit takes the visitor through the 8 stages in the production, consumption, disposal and recycling of nuclear fuel. Each stage is explained through a short video using animations, illustrations and voice-over narration. The display is fashioned after the traditional idea of a large control panel in a nuclear power plant. A large table-top houses an LCD panel and speakers. Visitors trigger each video by pulling a large lever through set paths, from one numbered, clearly marked stage to the next. This linear interaction adds a satisfying aspect of hands-on involvement for the visitor.
  • A 5.5 metre interactive wall projection shows visitors a step-by-step timeline of the nuclear industry in South Africa. As visitors walk past the wall, various important events in the country’s nuclear history are displayed.
  • The Energy Planner touch-table is an educational game which allows visitors to take part in planning the energy generation of a small city. Given custody of a virtual city in need of power plants, the user must decide on the correct mix of renewable and non-renewable energy sources, weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of each one. The user’s goal is to meet the energy output needs of the city and keep the cost of power generation at an affordable level, while at the same time making the smallest possible impact on the environment. At all times, the user can check his or her progress and adapt accordingly, adjusting power outputs or replacing one type of power station with another to achieve the optimum balance.
  • Four touch screens educate the visitor on different types of energy sources, from wind power to nuclear.
  • Since the invention of nuclear fission, nuclear energy has been shrouded in mystery and 10 myths about nuclear energy and the nuclear industry. The eye-catching video wall display spans across four 56 inch LCD screens.
  • At first glance, the Waste Trolley exhibit simply looks like two trolleys piled with junk. But on closer inspection, visitors find out that the trolleys have a story to tell. A large red button on the trolley handle activates a video presentation about the two fundamental types of waste: Household Waste and Industrial Waste. What initially looks like two discarded computer screens in the trolleys spring to life, displaying narrated videos on household and industrial waste, respectively.
  • At the end of their visit, visitors can test their knowledge on two touch-screens embedded into life-sized human wire sculptures, one resembling a young man on his way to school, the touch screen mounted on the back of his rucksack, and the other resembling a young woman sitting down, with the touch screen mounted inside her laptop. The quiz records the age and gender of the user, then tests the user’s knowledge on various facts about nuclear power and the nuclear industry, tracking the number of correct answers and giving audio and text feedback. When the user has completed the quiz, the application reveals his or her score, as well as the average score attained by people in the same age and gender group.

NECSA Visitor Centre - Gallery

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