Steps in the Scientific Process

Steps in the Scientific Process

Science is something you can do! The scientific process is about asking questions, pursuing answers, and using evidence to support your results. With that in mind, you don't have to be a professional to start conducting science in your own community. You can collect and analyze new data or perform calculations on existing data with new perspectives to gain a better understanding of the world around us. 

Arguably the most important aspect of science, though, is communication. Scientists must effectively explain their findings to the general public and be open to feedback from their peers. When this whole process is followed thoroughly, everyone benefits from your hard work and perseverance.

If you're having trouble knowing where to start in this whole endeavor, try looking at the world around you. When something catches your attention, think about what kinds of questions you could ask about how or why that thing is the way it is. Then, simply follow our research flowchart above and you'll be conducting science before you know it!


You can also find a copy of this chart En Español

Observe Nature Pose Questions Develop Hypothesis Plan Investigation Assemble Data Analyze Data Document Conclusions Present Findings Pose New Questions Image Map