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Simple Math and Science WebQuests

WebQuests are group activities where students use World Wide Web resources to gather information. WebQuests are potent tools for Science and Math educators to be used as group work. The use of Information and Communication Technology most often motivates students to learn more about Science and Math.

In Math or Science WebQuests, students get to explore and understand math using reasoning and critical thinking. Key educational processes also include problem solving, reasoning, communication, connection and representation.

To learn more about WebQuests, here are an introduction and an explanation. Customized websites can also be created using this guide and some examples.

Take Magnetic Levitation Technology for example. It might still be unheard of in some parts of the Philippines, but countries like Japan and Germany have already poured billions of dollars into the research and development of their MagLev systems.

This WebQuest effectively introduces this technology to your students. Basically, it is a transportation system even faster than the bullet train (the MagLev trains lift 10cm above the ground allowing for fast transit with less friction which is usually the cause of train accidents).

The questions to be asked? What is MagLev? How does it exactly work? What are the pros and cons? Would it be applicable to our community? The students’ task in this WebQuest is to investigate MagLev technology, pretending as members of the local Transportation Advisory Committee. They will answer the questions asked above.

Websites that can help are: Describe MagLev Technology, Existing or Proposed Maglev Systems, Pros and Cons of MagLev, and Reference Materials. After the research, the groups will explain MagLev to the class and make a recommendation to the “Committee.”

Other Science WebQuests are:
Electrical Efficiency
Adapting to a New Planet - incorporates biology, ecology, astronomy and geology
Time for a Change WebQuest - a WebQuest on the Scientific Method
Cyber Science Mag - students create an online science magazine
Women in Science - students create a newsletter on women scientists of great repute
Organic Chemistry in the News - students pretend to science correspondents and provide news stories regarding organic chemistry
Space Science Academy
The Nervous System on Drugs - research on the pros and cons of drugs and present findings in three ways: through a graph, a letter to the editor and a commercial
The Greatest Hoax on Earth - tackles the issue if men really landed on the moon
PandemicQuest- new flu outbreaks
Earth's Most Striking Feature - tides, currents and waves
Phyla Arthropoda & Chordata
Energy Sources
Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble - tackles room temperature, volume of water, heat
Best Weather City
National Park Vacation - virtual field trip to a natural park
Sample Math WebQuests:

Most Thrilling Roller Coaster - discusses the physics behind roller coasters
World Shopping Spree
Baseball Prediction - statistics
Geometry in Real Life - based on buildings like the Pentagon and the White House
Birthday Party - students will throw a birthday party for a friend, and compute the mean, median and mode of the party supplies they find online
Geometry: An Introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem - students will help the department of transportation design a highway ramp
Espionage Mission - an interesting lesson on research by taking the place of an espionage mission. The students will pretend to infiltrate an important building and obtain confidential files and mathematically support entry and escape routes.
The Great Pyramid - students will build a scale model of the pyramids and compare them mathematically

Sources:

”Math.” Retrieved
February 18, 2009 from  http://webquest.org/search/webquest_results.php?language=en&descwords=math&searchfield=descrip&search=Search+the+SDSU+Database
McCoy, Leah. “Math WebQuests: Continuing Our Journey through the Information Highway.” Retrieved February 18, 2009 from http://www.wfu.edu/~mccoy/NCTM99/
Poggio, Patricia. “A WebQuest exploring magnetic levitation technology.” Retrieved February 18, 2009 from

http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/Stu/ppoggio/maglev/index.html
”Science.” Retrieved February 18, 2009 from
http://webquest.org/search/webquest_results.php?language=en&descwords=science&searchfield=descrip&search=Search+the+SDSU+Database

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