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Apprentice Questions – Alchemist, Scientist, Astronomer

Subject:

Social Studies  

Grades:

8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

Apprentice Questions

Alchemist, Scientist, Astronomer

You are to be apprenticed to an Alchemist, Scientist, Astronomer to engage in scientific inquiry and design new tools..

Consider:
– Name of your guild? Who is allowed into your guild? Special features of your guild? Terms and vocabulary unique to your guild’s work or beliefs? Special clothing that your guild members must wear? Why?

- Who have been the innovators in your field of study? What has each contributed of significant importance? Where did each master get his ideas? Any special study that he did, place he visited, things he observed and applied to what he is passing on to you?

- What mathematical ‘news’ has someone from your guild discovered? Particular problems, superstitions your guild must deal with? What artwork has your guild been required to commission? What donations is your guild responsible for and why? What must be kept secret and why?

Course of study? What books will you be using? By? Techniques must learn or know about?

Cautions, hazards? Math: What math must you know or will you be using? What mathematical ‘news’ is there that will help you? Technology (tools) available? What innovative technology will be built into your work or have others discovered? (14th to 17th century versions of 20th century technology? Is the older better? In what ways?) Technology needed (you may have to invent)? Guilds will use to do this? Decorative art for your implements? Which ones? Which guild and/or famous master has helped you?

Special features of your guild’s work area? Sanitation: a concern? Particular problems you are working on to solve? Guilds may use to do this?

What have you learned that 20th century chemists, scientists, mathematicians, or astronomers use today as a result of ideas and techniques of the Renaissance ( or what the Renaissance borrowed from earlier centuries)?

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