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Structure and Properties of Matter: Ion Propulsion Module
Grade Level: 9-12
Lesson Time: More Than an Hour
Body: Asteroids, Dwarf Planets
Mission: Dawn (Dwarf Planets)

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Short Description: This module is intended to engage students and the interested public in the propulsion technology that is necessary for Dawn to complete its mission. As students interact with this module, they will gain an understanding of charges and relative charge, momentum and frames of reference, ionization and plasma, how an ion propulsion system works, and they will experiment with designing an ion engine to determine optimal conditions.

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This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe
  • PS1: Matter and its Interactions

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Practices:

  • 2-Developing and using models
  • 8-Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 1-Patterns
  • 6-Structures and function

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Credit: Dawn Education


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