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Scientific Method Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

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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.

Learn about the scientific method, a vital process that made centuries of scientific discovery possible. Explore the steps in the scientific method, understand how the method is used, and see examples of the method in action. Updated: 12/07/2021

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.

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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.

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