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How did the Ariane 5 rocket launch and deliver the JWST to L2?

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How did the Ariane 5 rocket launch and deliver the JWST to L2?

Is Lesson Plan High School

Sensemaking Checklist

What is Sensemaking?

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.

Lesson Snapshot

High school students, as scientists, will apply middle school ideas about chemical reactions, forces, and motion to answer the driving question: How did the Ariane 5 rocket launch and deliver the JWST to L2? The lesson begins with students sharing their background knowledge of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the information it provides. Next, students watch a video of the rocket carrying the JWST being launched into space and generate questions about the phenomenon. Students consider related phenomena and how they can investigate questions about rocket fuel. Next, they evaluate information about the Ariane 5 + JWST system and generate additional questions about how the JWST was launched into space. Finally, students use their ideas about chemical reactions, energy, and forces to develop an initial model that explains how the JWST was delivered to Lagrange point 2 (L2). 

This lesson is Lesson 1 of the Combustion of Rocket Propellants Playlist.

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