Across its sites, INSTN has a wide-ranging, high-performance collection of educational platforms and equipment, tailored to the students, objectives and contents of its training courses. This means that participants can apply the knowledge and skills acquired during lab work in simulated or real-life situations very similar to the actual environments and work stations.
At its training sites of Cherbourg-Octeville (50), Marcoule (30) and Saclay (91), INSTN runs mock-up training facilities dedicated to field operations in basic nuclear facilities and radiation protection: nuclear reactor-type mock-up training facilities and fuel cycle research center.
INSTN also provides access to tools specifically designed for job requirements: glove boxes, MT200 remote manipulators, haptic simulator, Dosicase® (radiological hazard awareness training equipment), hydraulic cursor and Tuflin valve, etc.
Thanks to its unique situation within the CEA teams and close to the Center facilities, INSTN learners can access the CEA’s research platforms and laboratories (FabLab Formadditive, Pourdrinnov, Prod-H2, Doseo, etc.), but also, thanks to strong partner relationships, visit facilities belonging to nuclear plant operators and industrial partners.
3D immersion simulators: To immerse learners in a professional environment or context, INSTN can also make use of 3D simulators (GREEN room for radiation therapy), mixed reality (real-life environment and 3D) (EVOC reactor physics simulator) or serious games (OSIRIS and EmSimBasics® for radiation protection in industrial or medical environments).
On-line assessment, synchronous and asynchronous training, remote training, virtual classes, quizzes or animations, gamification, etc., INSTN has introduced a package of tools and methods built around its on-line training platform Instart Learning Experience to offer a digital space to its learners. And to support the digitalization of the training courses: a method for specifying the targeted skills, educational and digital engineering, means of producing digital resources and a space dedicated to educational design and innovation.
INSTN is renewing and modernizing its hands-on work spaces, which contain a wide range of scientific and technical equipment similar to that found in research and industry: