This week we are going to talk about the next step in creating super science fair projects, drawing your conclusions. Your conclusions are going to be based on your data analysis, that you conducted in the last step, as well as on the background research your conducted earlier. This is a very important step in your project’s development, and a step that has the potential to make or break your research project.
The first thing that you will want to do is to really look at the results from your experiment. You will want to test the results for accuracy and to test them for Type I and Type II errors. Next you will want to draw preliminary conclusions based only on what your data suggests. Then you will need to refer back to your research to see if your findings are supported by the findings from previous research experiments.
If your results don’t support your hypothesis, or if they are contrary to what your background research predicted then you need to conduct additional research. The focus of this research will be to find a possible reason why you had different results. You may want to look for a research project that found similar results or that offers an explanation of why your results were different.
The final segment of your conclusion section will be a discussion about your findings. In this segment you will want to explain why you think your results either supported or did not support your hypothesis. You will want to also talk about your extra research in this section.