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Developing a Testable QuestionPlanning to Test Your Question  |  Understanding/Analyzing Your Data  |  Explaining It All  |  Additional Resources

Explaining it All

Yep, even scientists write reports. The great thing about your report is that you already have everything you need to write it. Your question, your hypothesis, your background research, your testing methods, data analysis, and conclusions. It is all there!

Some additional things you will want to include in your report are:
  • New questions that you now have and can test in the future
  • Acknowledgements, or a list of individuals you would like to thank for their help with your project
  • A bibliography, or a list of resources you used during your project
  • An abstract, or an overall summary of your report.
Tip: Write this last, but put it at the beginning of your report.

How to be Enlightening
  1. State whether your results support or go against your hypothesis.
  2. If appropriate, state the relationship between the independent and dependent variable.
  3. Summarize and evaluate how you carried out your experiment, making comments about what went right and what went wrong.
  4. Suggest changes in the experimental procedure (or design) and/or possibilities for further study.

Explaining in Action
Watch the videos below to see real USDA Forest Service scientists talking about how they arrived at their conclusions and shared them with their colleagues and the world.

Explaining it All

Learn more about the scientists featured on the Natural Inquirer website in these scientist videos! 

You can learn more about how to explain your findings and share with other below or the resources found on our resources page.

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