by Angela West, San Diego State University
In this WebQuest, students will imagine they are famous scientists from the 16th, 17th, and 18th century who have met to discuss their inventions as well as the difficulties they have had trying to get support for their theories.
In this WebQuest, you will be asked to work with three other students to explore the background, inventions, and theories of one notable 16th, 17th, or 18th century scientist. Using the web to learn about the scientist your group has chosen, you will all "become" your scientist in the first ever meeting of the "First Scientist's Club"-an exclusive club open only to scientists who contributed to the Scientific Revolution. During this meeting, you and the other "scientists" in the club will ask each other questions, learn about one another's discoveries, and discuss any problems faced by club members. Get ready to dive into history by learning firsthand what it was like to be a scientist who changed the world during the Scientific Revolution!