An Eight-Step Guide
Step One: Brainstorming, Research Question, and Experiment
By the end of this step you will have:
✔︎ Created a mind map and/or list with initial ideas
✔︎ Chosen your variables
✔︎ Written your research question
✔︎ Thought about your experiment
✔︎ Tested your experiment
Creating your research question
Thinking about and testing your experiment
➜ Brainstorm ideas
➜ Create your research question
➜ Think about and test your experiment
✔︎ I have a mind map and/or a list displaying my initial ideas
✔︎ I have an independent and a dependent variable for my experiment
✔︎ I wrote a research question connecting these variables
✔︎ I thought about the steps of my experiment based on the research question
✔︎ I listed the equipment that I need for my experiment
✔︎ I verified that I have access to all this equipment
✔︎ I set up the equipment to test my experiment
✔︎ I collected some data at the lowest value of my independent variable
✔︎ I collected some data at the highest value of my independent variable
✔︎ I verified that it is easy to change my independent variable
✔︎ I verified that it is easy to measure my dependent variable
✔︎ I verified that I can collect data at least for five values of the independent variable
✔︎ I verified that I get a good range of values for my dependent variable
Questions to ask your teacher
✤ Are the variables chosen correctly, given the context of the investigation?
✤ Is the research question formulated correctly?
✤ Is all necessary equipment available (at school) that is needed to carry out the experiment?
✤ Does the experiment have the potential to provide sufficient and relevant qualitative and/or quantitative data to carry out data analysis and evaluation?
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