Drill: What do you know about the Manhattan Project?
Today we will view the documentary on the Manhattan Project in order to have a debate about ethics and its use.
Essential Question: Who was Robert Oppenheimer and what was the Manhattan Project?
What was the goal of the Manhattan Project?
The Manhattan Project was a top-secret US project to develop the world's first atomic bomb during World War II. It began in 1939 and involved over 130,000 people and cost $2 billion. The resulting atomic bomb was used in 1945 to bring a swift end to the war in Japan.
The Manhattan Project - The Secret US Effort to Build the Atomic Bomb
Manhattan Project: A top-secret US project to develop the world's first atomic bomb during World War II. Atomic Bomb: A weapon of mass destruction that releases energy through nuclear fission or fusion. World War II: A global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945 and involved most of the world's nations.
What do you think was the most important outcome of the Manhattan Project?
- Development of the atomic bomb
- Advances in nuclear physics
- Improvement of nuclear energy technology
- Elimination of the possibility of a nuclear arms race
The Manhattan Project was led by three famous scientists - Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and J. Robert Oppenheimer. The code name for the first test of an atomic bomb was 'Trinity'. The Manhattan Project employed over 600 female scientists, engineers, and technicians.
Draw / write: What key insights did the Manhattan Project provide about the power of collaboration and communication?
Draw / write: What were the ethical implications of the project?
What does the success of the Manhattan Project tell us about the importance of working together to reach goals?
How could the Manhattan Project have been handled differently to better align with ethical standards?