Ask a Question
Step 1 : Ask a Question
The best questions come from your personal observations. Have you seen or heard something that you wonder about? The first step in the scientific method is observation. Best questions are ones that appeal to you, the ones you are really interested in finding the answer to.
"Be curious, choose a limited subject, ask a question; identify or originate/define a problem. It is important that this question be a 'testable' question - one in which data is taken and used to find the answer."-ISEF
Can I do this project?
Ask yourself some important questions before you go any further with your project.
1. How much time will this project take?
2. Do I have the resources (like time and money) to complete it?
3. Have I narrowed my question down enough?
Independant, Dependant, and Control variables
An experiment using the Scientific Method includes independent, dependent, and controlled variables. When considering your question, briefly think of what those variables might be. These will probably change after you have done your background research and formed your hypothesis, but thinking of them a bit now might help you know what to look for when you research.