Crafting Your Hypothesis
Welcome to the first mentorship module! First, please print out this two page worksheet that you should fill out as you watch each video. Click here for the worksheet.
Students who successfully complete this module, which includes 3 videos and a two page worksheet, and the associated mentorship session will be able to:
- Use observations to generate scientific question
- Conduct appropriate background research to generate their hypothesis
- Generate a testable, specific, and educated hypothesis for their FER project
— Part 1
Review of the Scientific Method
First let’s conduct a review of the scientific method! Meet our fellow researcher Gemma, who will help us through these modules.
Let’s review how Gemma actually implemented the scientific method. Fill out the table in your worksheet.
— Part 2
Observation and Background Research
Now that we have reviewed the scientific method, we can think about how we will actually generate the question we want to research. Let’s conduct some research on Gemma’s question.
Do a bit of research on sand and fill out Part 2 of your worksheet. Be sure to flip the page over. This is the same approach you will want to use on your project to make your hypothesis stronger.
Here is the link to the sand resource we want you to look at if you don’t see it in your top hits on google.
Read the first paragraph to answer the question in the worksheet.
— Part 3
Components of a Good Hypothesis
After we have an observation and a question, we will want to generate our hypothesis to eventually design the right experiment. Let identify the necessary components to a good hypothesis.
Let’s apply these rules to your project. Think about your question, start googling to understand the topic, and then try to make a guess you would want to test. Take some time think about your question.
Make sure to have answers to Part 3 of the worksheet before the mentorship session so our mentors can give you feedback.