Observation often starts off the scientific process. Noticing something in nature, or realizing how facts fit together - or won't fit together - raises questions.
Questions like "Why?" "What if?" or "How?" may also lead to a hypothesis, a way of stating what needs to be proven true or false.
An experiment or plan, is thought up to answer the question or test a statement. Carrying out the plan often means getting samples, measuring, and recording.
Communicating results is an important part of doing science. Scientists communicate so that everyone can think about and use the information.
|Birch Aquarium at Scripps|