Scientific Inquiry is the basic experimentation category where a question is asked, a hypothesis is created, an investigation is performed, and a conclusion is reached.
Scientific Inquiry requires students to use higher order thinking skills as they learn science using a hands-on minds-on approach.
Pertinent Information and Definitions
The Scientific Method is a fundamental part of this category. It is, in essence, a sequence of operation for any Scientific Inquiry. The steps are:
- Ask a testable question.
- Research the topic.
- Make a hypothesis about the outcome based on that research and/or the entrant’s own knowledge.
- Design the investigation.
- Conduct the investigation.
- Collect data.
- Make sense of the data and draw a conclusion.
Entry, Review, and Judging
An entry in this category will be reviewed and judged on the following:
- General requirements and judging points
- The scientific method (including completeness of thought processes and presentation of cause and effect)
- Preparation and display of information about the entry
Additional items which will affect the review and judging conclusions
- Presentation of the inquiry findings for peer review.
- Understanding of how the inquiry relates to broader scientific principles and real world applications
- Originality and/or innovative approaches or concepts
Please review the judging rubric for this category for other items that may be considered.