Sensemaking is actively trying to figure out how the world works (science) or how to design solutions to problems (engineering). Students do science and engineering through the science and engineering practices. Engaging in these practices necessitates that students be part of a learning community to be able to share ideas, evaluate competing ideas, give and receive critique, and reach consensus. Whether this community of learners is made up of classmates or family members, students and adults build and refine science and engineering knowledge together.
Elementary school students, as scientists, reflect on the patterns in motion observed in the model rocket launch to answer the lesson question: How can we use the patterns in motion we observed to explain how the JWST was launched into space? Students return to what they figured out in each of the previous lessons in order to build their explanation.
This lesson plan is lesson six of the Launching the James Webb Space Telescope Unit. The unit was created in collaboration with AIAA and Estes Education.
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Per Small Group (2 to 4 students)