- Most of us are familiar with the term "scientific method". We usually learned it as a series of steps to move us from a problem to the conclusion. However, sometimes science is messy, and it does not move in a nice and neat line. line.
- So more often, we use the term "scientific thinking" or, in other words, thinking like a scientist. This means that we understand how to form questions, make observations, create possible hypotheses (that's plural for hypothesis) and how to test and see if our hypothesis is accurate. Sometimes, you may make observations before creating a hypothesis. Or while conducting an experiment in class, you start to wonder about other options; this may help you form a question or a hypothesis. The order is not as important as the process.
- Here are the major parts of your science fair project and of good science practices:
- Documentation is very important in science! If a baker forgets to write down exactly how much sugar she used, it would be pretty difficult to replicate the cake again. The same goes for scientists. They write down each step, each item they used, each piece of observation and research they discovered and every piece of data they collected. Think of it as an experiment's diary or journal. From the moment your topic is approved until the very last minute of the results and conclusion, be sure to write every aspect of your project in your data notebook. It's great practice and who knows? Your notes may be proof of a fantastic scientific discovery!
One More Thing...
*Each grade level may have different requirements and deadlines for the Science Fair Project. Remember to check and see what YOUR grade level teachers expect to help you stay on top of the deadlines and the details.
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