Science Inquiry

Assignment for October 2017

Inquiry:
Life Science- Black Soldier Fly Larvae

INQUIRY OUTLINE
Part 1:

Background Information
Question
Hypothesis and Hypothesis Graph
Part 2:
Materials List
Procedure
Part 3:
Observations
Data Table
Graph of Data
Part 4:
Analysis – What story did your data tell?
Part 5:
Conclusion- How did the results differ from your hypothesis?

Even in the vast and mysterious reaches of the sea we are brought back to the fundamental truth that nothing lives to itself. -Rachel Carson

Part 1: 

Journal- Set up your journal in preparation to record observations throughout all parts of the project.  Journals should include; written descriptions, labeled sketches, data tables and graphs, questions, ideas, and problems. Use your journal daily!

Background InformationWhat have you learned about BSFL’s prior to this investigation? How did you choose your question?  What real world application does it have? or What problem does it solve? 

Question Your inquiry question must have a independent variable (x-axis) and an dependent variable (y-axis).
note:
 the independent variable is the variable you change in the experiment while the dependent variable is the corresponding measurement.

Hypothesis- This is your “educated”, predicted outcome of the inquiry.  You will need to explain your thinking and reasoning in detail.  A graph of your hypothesis would be a good visual to go along with your written explanation.  Don’t forget the independent variable (x-axis) and an dependent variable (y-axis).

Part 2: 

Materials List and Procedure-
Include everything you need to conduct the experiment
Include every step you need to take to conduct/replicate the experiment
Write this section so that someone who doesn’t know anything about your project can follow what you did. Explain as though your audience is intelligent, but uninformed. Using diagrams along with your explanation of the procedure is a good idea.

Part 3: 
Conduct Experiment and Record Data and Observations
– Record written observations and labeled sketches in your science fair journal as you conduct your experiment. Record your data in a table that is titled and clearly labeled.  Graph the data clearly and accurately. In order to provide more reliable data, your experiment should be repeated several times.  It is a good idea to do a rough draft in your science journal before making a final draft.  You can use the graphing tool on our web site, or a software program such as excel (advanced) to construct your graph.

Part 4: 
Analysis and Conclusion:
 

A: Analysis– this includes your data displayed in tables and graphs in final draft form and a written explanation of what your data shows.  What story does your graph tell? 

B: Conclusion include a graph that shows data from both your hypothesis as well as the actual results from your analysis. Explain whether or not the hypothesis is supported by your analysis. Compare and contrast your hypothesis and analysis. Consult your journal for any discoveries and difficulties you encountered along the way and report it here.  What scientific question or questions were raised during or after your investigation that you would you like to explore?