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Proficiency with Science Skills

All scientists, professionals and amateurs alike, must be able to carry out a scientific investigation. To conduct an experiment you should understand the following principles: the Six Steps of the Scientific process, Variables and Constants, the Control, testing a hypothesis, construct models, and repeat the experiment.

Knowing how to conduct an experiment will be essential to help you complete your science project

Once you have completed your experiment successfully you need to communicate your findings to the rest of the scientific community. To do this you will need to: organize and communicate your data, organize data tables, construct and interpret continuous line graphs, evaluate and defend interpretations of data, develop and reinforce an understanding of the nature of your findings.



Six Steps of the Scientific Method



1. Ask a question, based on your observations.

2. Form a hypothesis, which is a possible explanation for what you have observed.

3. Test the hypothesis by conducting experiments.

4. Analyze the results collected from experiments.

5. Draw conclusions from the results of your experiment.

6. Communicate results to other scientists.