The key to documenting your conclusions is to clearly state the question(s) you investigated, how you did the investigation, and your results. Your discussion of how you did your investigation should describe:
- what measurements you took and when, where, and how you took them
- what other data you used and where you obtained them
- what calculations you did
Generally you should show examples of the data you used (graphs, tables, maps) and the results of your analysis. In explaining your results you should describe your reasoning – the thought process that you went through to get from the data to the conclusions.
Because research is an on-going process, you should share your thoughts about how this investigation could be improved, explain other approaches that might be taken that would lead to an answer to your question(s), and state what new questions you might ask as a follow-on to your research.
One way to document your work is by writing a research report. The report should follow a well-structured format used by science fairs that clearly conveys the details of your research project:
Ask your teacher to submit your research report for publication on the GLOBE website using the upload tool on the Student Research Report page.