How to Make an Easy Science Project

Good science projects make use of scientific methodologies. Here are some tips to make your project easy to carry out.


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You Will Need

  • Project idea
  • Background research
  • Hypothesis
  • Experiment
  • Data analysis
  • Narrow focus (optional)
  • Detailed notes (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Select a simple project idea

    Select a simple project idea. The idea will often arise as a question you've asked that you must test in order to find the answer.

  2. Keep your idea narrowly focused. Otherwise the project will be too open-ended.

  3. Step 2

    Perform background research

    Perform background research about your idea. Learn the core ideas and vocabulary.

  4. Step 3

    Develop an hypothesis

    Develop a testable hypothesis. The hypothesis should be an educated guess about something that could be observed in an experiment.

  5. Step 4

    Design and perform an experiment

    Design and carry out a simple experiment to test the hypothesis.

  6. Keep careful notes about what you do and what you observe during the experiment.

  7. Step 5

    Analyze your data

    Analyze your data using the background information you gathered earlier and draw a conclusion.

  8. The word science comes from the Latin word for "to know."