Science Investigation

Inquiry Project Research Proposal

1. Choose a group or work by yourself.

2. Choose an idea for investigation -- an issue related to you or your community.

3. Conduct background research for what is already known.

4. Write a proposal (see below).

5. Document your investigation (background notes, team or individual choices, notes, steps, methods, charts, diagrams, results, conclusions.

6. Write your abstract. Include your solution to the community issue in your conclusion.

7. Write your letter to persuade a local leader to use your solution or to recognize the issue.
8. Create your presentation display.

Proposal:

1. Research investigation teams should consist of four/five people. Who is on your investigation team? (Include all names.)


2. For each hypothesis you propose, state the hypothesis, identify what your investigation team will measure to verify or disprove the hypothesis, and state your reasoning. This way of expressing a hypothesis, prediction, and explanation follows the expectation that science can be expressed logically, and puts mathematical analyses of your data into a meaningful context. You can create more than two hypotheses to investigate.


HYPOTHESIS 1:

 If: ___(X = Identify the manipulated variable)________

Then: ___(Y = Identify the responding variable)_________

Because: __(What is a plausible theory or explanation for the dependence of Y upon X?)____.


HYPOTHESIS 2:

If: ___(X = Identify the manipulated variable)________

Then: ___(Y = Identify the responding variable)_________

Because: __(What is a plausible theory or explanation for the dependence of Y upon X?)____.


EXAMPLE HYPOTHESIS:

If water temperature is high then water dissolved oxygen will be low because gas solubility is lower in warmer water.

STOP HERE, SEE YOUR SCIENCE TEACHER TO GET HYPOTHESIS APPROVAL!!!

  3. List of equipment that helps you to measure X and Y and supplies you will need in the field, including scientific digital probes:

4. Methods of data collection by which you plan to acquire multiple sets of reproducible data in the field. (HINT: Consider this space for you to construct stepwise procedures that another investigation team could perform at a different location so that they could compare their data with yours.)

Method for Hypothesis 1:


Method for Hypothesis 2:


5. Work Plan

Who will be responsible for which measurements and tasks?
(HINT: Things might change in the field if unexpected situations arise, but list the assigned responsibilities here in advance, so that things go as smoothly as possible and your team's research efforts are fruitful.)



6. Safety Plan

Please list any safety concerns you have for this field investigation and what your plan is to reduce risk.  Also, please request any safety materials you might need prior to this investigation. 

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