Creating a hypothesis is an important part of working through the steps of the scientific method. Understanding all the steps of the scientific method is important, but without a really good hypothesis, you won't have a starting point. Lots of kids working on science projects will start out with creating the perfect one and that can be a real challenge. Just as there are multiple steps to the process of a science experiment, creating the perfect hypothesis has a few steps of its own.


1. What is the Scientific Method?

The scientific method is the set of steps that have been used since the 17th century. It has eight basic steps though only the first five are taught to younger children in school. The steps are:

  1. Asking a question
  2. Creating a hypothesis
  3. Making a prediction
  4. Testing
  5. Analyzing the results
  6. Replication
  7. External review of the results
  8. Recording and sharing the data

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