I designed this activity to take advantage of an excellent animation that hits on the following key science topics:
1. Landmark experiments of Francesco Redi and Louis Pasteur that debunked spontaneous generation.
2. The careful application of scientific methods to conduct controlled experiments.
The webquest introduces or reinforces hypothesis testing through scientific methods as each experiment is summarized through an animation with audio and text:
• Asking a question
• Forming a hypothesis
• Design of control and experimental groups
• Variables held constant
• Analyzing and applying data
• Drawing conclusions