You will come up with a hypothesis for an answer to your question, then test the hypothesis by performing an experiment.

  1. What is the question you are trying to answer?
  2. What is your hypothesis (the answer to your question)?  Make sure to include a specific answer to your question (including numbers) and a reason why you think the way you do.
  3. What is the independent variable?  If there’s more than one, then explain how many different experimental groups you will have.
  4. What is the dependent variable?  There may be more than one.
  5. What is your control group, or control groups?
  6. What materials do you need for this experiment?
  7. What are the steps you need to complete for this experiment?
  8. What items need to be purchased in order to do this experiment?