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When working on a science project, you will need to follow the Scientific Method. In this video, Chelsea clearly explains what the six steps of this method are and how they will help you generate a comprehensive report.
>> CHELSEA: If you're doing a science project, you're going to want to be familiar with the scientific method. It's a simple way to ask and answer scientific questions, and it takes a lot of the guesswork out of how you are going to communicate your entire project. There are six steps in the scientific method. The first is to ask a question that relates to your topic. Not sure what your topic should be? Check out the "Choosing a Topic" video for some tips. When you've got your problem or question, the next step is to perform some background research. This is where you'll collect and analyze all kinds of information about your topic. It'll help you form your hypothesis, which brings us to step three -- forming a hypothesis. A hypothesis is an educated guess about how your experiment will turn out. The basic form for a hypothesis is usually if I do this, then this will happen. Step four is to perform your experiment and test your hypothesis. This is where you'll take everything you've learned and put it to work. When you're done with your experiment, now comes step five, analyzing your data and coming up with a conclusion. Was your hypothesis correct? After all that work, then comes step six, communicating your results. This is where you'll take everything you've learned while doing your experiment and put it together in a presentation. Usually, this will involve a tri-fold display board, lettering, titles, and other fun details. Elmer's has some awesome products to choose from. Check out the "Create Videos" section to find out more. If you want more information about the scientific method, check out the "Project Guide" tab at sciencebuddies.org.