Analyzing The Data
Eventually you will use your data to draw conclusions about your problem. Here is where the hypothesis will or will not be supported. If it isn't; it is time for revision.
First, look to the manner in which you followed the experimental procedure. If there were no procedural mistakes, then check the experimental design. Was this experiment controlled? Did this experiment reflect the hypothesis? If the answer is yes, then you need to look at this hypothesis. Perhaps the hypothesis wasn't a possible solution. If you still are having trouble, then it's a good time to ask for help. A fresh point of view can sometimes pick out a flaw that was repeatedly overlooked. As frustration builds remember that you are succeeding in the elimination of some of the mistakes as you work through a logical research method.
Any research method that works has room to cycle back on itself so that another attempt at the solution of the problem can occur. It is not a straight line approach that leaves you at a dead-end if you don't support the hypothesis.Return to Science Fair Primer.