Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Steps & Process

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:04 What Is the Scientific Method?
  • 1:17 Uses
  • 1:45 Example
  • 2:28 Climate Change
  • 3:08 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Speed Speed
Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

What is science? You might think of experiments and mixing chemicals. Science is way more than that, though. In this lesson, we will talk about the scientific method. Then, we will look at a few examples of it in action.

What Is the Scientific Method?

Think about a scientist. What do you picture? Probably an adult in a long white coat mixing chemicals or something, right? There are scientists who do this every day, but many scientists look very different. That's because science is being done all around us! Science is happening in our homes, outside, and just about anywhere else you can think of. Anybody who uses the scientific method to do his or her work is a scientist.

The scientific method is a way of solving problems that uses a set of steps to make sure your answer is accurate and based on evidence. Evidence is anything that you can measure that helps prove that you are right. When people use the scientific method, they collect evidence and think about it to try to figure out what is really going on.

In the scientific method, the general idea is to:

  • Ask a question
  • Research the question
  • Form a prediction (an educated guess)
  • Test your prediction
  • Look at your results
  • Decide whether the results support your prediction. If they don't, you might try asking your question a different way, changing your prediction, and making a new test.
  • Show others how you did it so they can test it too.


The scientific method can be used to solve just about any problem you can think of. The steps in the method make sure you prove your answer in the best way. If Rachelle, the scientist, does not follow the steps in the scientific method, her answer might be wrong. She doesn't have to follow them in any exact order, though. You can think of the scientific method as a kind of checklist that helps a scientist do her job. And different problems have different sets of steps to them.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account