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Project #2: Scientific Study

Due Date: Monday 10/25

Rubric an be found on the rubric page

For your second science project of the year, you will conduct a simple scientific study.   This will require picking a question to study, doing background research, picking a sample of people to study, surveying that sample, compiling and analyzing data and reporting your results. 

Steps to success:

1.     Pick a question that you would like to study. 

-The question should relate two quantifiable (numerical) variables

-You may come up with your own question or pick from the list

-If you pick your own question, you should get it approved before beginning your study

-Make sure you explicitly label your variables


2. Do some research to see if other people have studied your question

-Find at least 2 sources that discuss a relationship between the two variables  you are studying

-In about a paragraph, write a summary of what each of the sources you find reports about the variables you are studying (a min of 2 paragraphs total)

-use MLA citations to create a works cited page for your source easybib.com

 3. Once you have completed your research, determine how you will operationalize your variables

-What can you measure that be a good indicator of the variables you are studying

-Create a survey or experiment that you will use to collect data about your variables

-Before proceeding have your survey approved by Mr. Renau

-For help with your survey check out http://www.cc.gatech.edu/classes/cs6751_97_winter/Topics/quest-design/


4.  Make your hypothesis

-What do you think the answer to you question will be? Why?

-What results would you have to get to support your hypothesis?

-What results might disprove or cast doubt on your hypothesis?

-For help creating your hypothesis http://www.anthro.utah.edu/~cashdan/fieldmeth/hw_hyp_gen.pdf

5.  Pick your sample

-What population of people does your study concern?

-How can you most practically get a representative sample of that population

-Once you determine your sample, decide how you will administer your survey

-for help with sampling check out http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/tutorial/Mugo/tutorial.htm

6. Conduct your study

-Administer your survey and collect your data

7. Analyze your data

-Find measures of central tendency for each of your variables (mean, median, mode, range, standard deviation)

-Graph your data to show any relationships between x and y variables

-Determine a line of best fit if one exists

-For help on mean, median, mode, range, standard deviation, etc. check out:


8.  Report your results.  In 1 paragraph answer the following questions:

-Did you find a relationship between your variables or did the data seem random?

-Is “y” dependent on “x”

-If you know someone’s “x” value, can you make any predictions about their “y” value?

-If there is a relationship, what is that relationship?  Is it a strong relationship or a weak one?

-What does your data say about the question you asked?

-What flaws in the design of your study might have skewed your results

9.  Make a poster, power point or other presentation to show your work. 

It must include the following information:

___The two sources you researched

___ Your two summaries of these sources

___ A work cited page citing your sources

___ Your question

___ A copy of your survey

___ A one paragraph explanation of how your sample represents the

      population you are studying

___ A table showing all the data you recorded

___ The mean, median mode and standard deviation of your two variables

___ A graph of your x and y variables

___ A one paragraph report of the findings of your study



            10. Write your own scientific paper (for honors or extra credit)


Make sure you pass in your worksheets (available at the bottom of the page) with your project. 

The following site will help guide you in the process of choosing a question and conducting your study: