What is the scientific method?
Good scientists think it through. The scientific method is a logical process scientists use structure their thoughts and draw conclusions. Scientists use this method to find and interpret information, and communicate results to others. It might seem complicated at first, but anyone can do it! (Even kids!) Encourage your young scientist to use the scientific method in their everyday problem solving. Try incorporating these steps into daily activities like cooking dinner.
The steps include:
- What’s the question?
- What information do you already know? Do some background research.
- Form a hypothesis. Make a prediction, or propose an answer to your question.
- Perform an experiment to test your hypothesis.
- Make observations and collect data from your experiment. All observations are important!
- Draw conclusions. What do your data and observations suggest?
- Communicate results. What did you learn?
Why use the scientific method?
The scientific method helps curious minds learn to think like a scientist! By engaging kids in the scientific method, we encourage them to learn and practice STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills like:
- Critical thinking
- Data collection and interpretation
- Communicating results to others
Download this “Think Like A Scientist” free printable for your student’s at-home workstation!