Develop skills to analyse data and communicate scientifically.
WRITING a HYPOTHESIS
• A hypothesis is an educated guess about how things work based on observation or research. State reasons to justify your hypothesis.
• Most of the time a hypothesis is written like this: "If _____[I do this] _____, then _____[this]_____ will happen."
• Your hypothesis should be something that you can actually test, what's called a testable hypothesis. In other words, you need to be able to measure both "what you do" and "what will happen."
Fact sheets are one-page handouts, usually in bullet form, with quick and important facts about an issue to convey your most important points in a concise format.
Common Mistakes with Fact Sheets:
• Too much information – stick to the facts.
• Different sources saying the same thing.
• Facts in random order with no flow or structure.
• Sourcing and attributions burying the facts - Put references into a footnote
• The scientific method is a series of organized steps for conducting experiments. These include:
1) Ask a Question
2) Do Background Research
3) Construct a Hypothesis
4) Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
5) Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
6) Communicate Your Results
• It is important for your experiment to be a fair test. A "fair test" occurs when you change only one factor (variable) and keep all other conditions the same.