
Women
Mathematicians
A WebQuest for
Secondary Mathematics
Designed by
Jody Sheppard
sheppard_75428@hotmail.com
Introduction 
Task  Process  Evaluation  Conclusion
 Credits  Teacher Page  Strategies Home
Introduction
Mathematicians lead very exciting and controversial
lives and the contributions to the field of mathematics reflect this fact.
Most people have heard of great mathematicians such as Issac Newton, but
can you name a single female mathematician? The goal of this webquest is
to encourage research not only of math but also women behind mathematics.
The Task
You will create a visual representation
based on the information you collect on your mathematician. This
display can be in many forms. Some examples of a display could be
a storyboard, a documentary video, a slide show, a children's book, a new
game... the list is endless. The idea is to let everyone know about your
mathematician and to have fun with your project.
The Process
 First, you will pick out five
female mathematicians that interest you. There are several sites available
on the internet that will have a wide variety of mathematicians ranging
from B.C. times to the present. You may use the following search engines
to aide your search.
 Ask Jeeves
 Google
 Library Spot
 Dogpile
 Reference Desk
 For each person, list the
following information:
 Name and dates this person lived
 Schools attended and additional training if
pertinent
 Her contribution to mathematics
 One really interesting fact that wants to
make you know more about her.
 Now choose the one mathematician that really
jumps out at you.
 Your next task is to research her further.
Look for more sites searching for your mathematician. Remember, you
are not limited to the internet. You may use books and Journals that may
be located in your library.
 Information you must have in your project:
 Name, dates lived
 Place of birth
 Schools attended and additional training and/or
accomplishments.
 Her major contributions to mathematics
 Any articles or Books published
 Personal facts such as married, kids, strange
events in her life, anything of this nature that is noteworthy
 The history behind why she discovered the
math. What was going on in the world at the time? Was it her
job or was it a hobby? Anything that might have influenced her discovery
in Mathematics.
 Now that you have gathered all the information
necessary to begin your project, you must decide on what kind of representation
you would like to use. You will need to get approval of your idea from
your teacher.
 Based on what project idea you have, there
may be additional criteria or recommendations from your teacher. Please
be sure to write these down when discussing your project.
Evaluation

Beginning
1

Developing
2

Accomplished
3

Exemplary
4

Score 
Research
done on the five mathematicians

Researched
at least three mathematicians and listed all required information on at least
two.

Researched
at least four
mathematicians
and listed all required information at least three.

Researched
at least five mathematicians and listed all required information on at least
four.

Researched
at least five mathematicians and listed all required information on all five.


Research
done on your one chosen Mathematician

Research
was completely done on the internet. Information was not complete but
a rough outline did exist.

Research
was completely done on the internet. Information was complete.
Included at least one example of their work and accomplishments.

Research
was completely done on the internet. Information was complete and included
many interesting facts about the person, not just the mathematics.
Included some examples of their work and accomplishments.

Research
was not limited to the internet but also included other sources. Information
asked for was complete and included many interesting facts about the person,
not just the mathematics. Also included several examples of their work
and accomplishments.


Representation
of the mathematician

The
project idea had to be assigned. Display told most of the information
asked for in the process and included at least one example of the mathematicians
work and accomplishments.

Project
idea was not solely the students and required frequent assistance from the
teacher. Display told most of the information asked for in the process
and included at least one example of the mathematicians work and accomplishments.

Project
was creative but required some supervision from the teacher. Display
told everything you wanted to know and then some about the mathematician.
Some examples of their work and accomplishments are illustrated.

Project
was creative. Most of the work was done independently. The display
told everything you wanted to know and then some about the mathematician.
Many examples of their work and accomplishments are illustrated.


Conclusion
By now, you have become a world
renown expert on your mathematician. Can you think of how your mathematician
has affected the world as we know it? What did she find that impacts
your everyday life?
Credits
& References
A Handout compiled by Spencer
Anderson of great resources on the internet.
Last updated
on August 15, 1999. Based on
a template from The
WebQuest Page
