Science Quest Project
The Scientific Method:
- Make an Observation
- Ask a Question
- Make a Hypothesis
- Design an Experiment/Investigation
- Conduct the Experiment and Collect Data
- Make a Conclusion
1 MAKE AN OBSERVATION
Find something that you have observed that you cannot explain. Discuss it with your partner, and record it below.
|I notice that||Example:I notice that people often say, “Put cold water on it” when I have a stain on my shirt.|
2 ASK A QUESTION
Turn your observation into a question that you think you can answer with an experiment. Be sure to avoid questions you cannot test, like “Why do stars explode?”
|Example:Is cold water better at getting stains out than hot water?|
3 MAKE A HYPOTHESIS
To make a hypothesis is to predict what will happen or explain how something happens.
|Example:I think it depends on what kind of stain it is, but cold water will not get stains out more than hot water.|
4 DESIGN AN EXPERIMENT/INVESTIGATION
Now you are going to plan how you will answer your question! Write out a plan for your experiment in the box below. You can include drawings if it helps. Remember that someone else should be able to use your directions to copy your experiment EXACTLY . Make sure you are only testing for one variable. In the experiment below, I am testing for water temperature on different kinds of stains.
|My experiment plan is||Example:My experiment plan is:
This experiment plan will be shown to your teacher in class.
List all the materials you will need. Be as detailed as you can! Finally, work with your partner to write who will bring each item. Write a name next to each item, even the small ones like pencils!
|We will need||Example:We will need:
Old, white T-shirt – Aggie
Paper and pencil to record-Aggie
Plan Experiment Time
Talk with your partner and arrange a time, date and place to meet and conduct your experiment. Be sure to clear it with family members or after school coordinators!
|We will meet at||Example:We will meet at 4:00 p.m. on May 7th
at Aggie’s house. Bertie’s dad will pick him up at 7:00.
Create a Data Collection Table
You will need to collect data from your experiment. Design a table to collect data as it becomes available. If I were to make a table for the experiment I designed above, it might look like this:
|Cold Water Before Wash||Cold Water After Wash||Hot Water Before Wash||Hot Water After Wash|
|Grape Juice Stain|
|Yellow Mustard Stain|
5 CONDUCT EXPERIMENT and COLLECT DATA
Using your experiment design, conduct your experiment and collect data in the table you created. Take photos if possible before, during, and after the experiment. You can use these pictures for your presentation.
6 ANALYZE DATA and PRESENT
Describe what you learned from your experiment. Explain how the data helped you to come to this conclusion.
Take pictures of your experiment. Design a three sided board (use a box from the recycle bin).
On the board, please show how you followed the scientific method. Make a section for each of the SIX steps of
the scientific method. Here’s an example:
People say to put cold water on stains.
Does cold water work better than hot water?
I think cold water will work for some stains, but hot water will work better for other stains
|DataPaste your data sheet here
We learned that ? water cleans better on mustard, but not on grape juice or ketchup