Guest Author - Dominique Jordan
A science experiment can be a fun and exciting thing in the life of a teen. A science experiment usually involves opening your mind to new things and experiencing the possibilities that can arise out of imagination and innovation.
These possibilities can lead to a journey of discovery through curiosity about the world around you. Whether you’re conducting an experiment for a class assignment or a science fair, there are certain steps you must take in order for your project to truly standout.
These steps involve creating a hypothesis and doing research in order to prove or disprove your hypothesis.
1.) Create a Hypothesis! A really good hypothesis can usually be read in the form of a question. For example, you can start by asking “If I do this, what will happen?” or “Does this happen because of that?”
You can also come up with a good hypothesis by trying different ways of doing something and seeing what results will occur after trying each different way. No matter how you form your hypothesis, a really good science project starts with a question and getting results in the end that will answer that question.
If you are just performing an experiment for the sake of doing one, and not expecting any results, then you’re only wasting your time.
2.) Write Down Procedures and Conduct Research! Now that you have your hypothesis (question), it’s time to discover some answers. While at this stage, it’s important to write down just what steps or procedures you’re going to do to find your research. Basically, you have to ask yourself how you are going to collect the data for your experiment.
After you’ve done this it’s time to put your procedures into action by conducting research.
3.) Create a Fascinating Display for Your Results! After you have formed you’re hypothesis and conducted your research, it’s time to display your results with a display. Most displays are basically made out of two things- a single poster board and construction paper.
You can have a poster board that is just one board or one that folds out into three sections. It all depends on how much you want people to see. It also depends on how much information you have about your experiment as well.
Once you’ve put the display together, make sure you explain your experiment to others by either memorizing the steps you took or writing them down on a note card and reading from it.
Remember, a good science project requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Don’t be scared if you think you’re experiment doesn’t have the right answer. That is not the point of a good science project.
The point of a science project is for you to ask a question and to take the necessary steps possible in order to find an answer to that question.
So, good luck and most of all…HAVE FUN!