As sixth-grade scientists hone their budding experimentation skills, they often design and implement their own original science projects. Creating and conducting the science project is only half the challenge for these young scientists. They must also effectively share their information with others. One step in this information-sharing is the composition of a project-purpose statement.
State the purpose for the experiment. In your first sentence you must clearly explain why you conducted this experiment. Start this sentence with “The purpose of this experiment was to.” As you finish the sentence, make the importance and applicability of your experiment clear to readers.
Add your reason for selecting the experiment. Your second sentence should point out what drew you to the experiment. You can effectively begin this sentence with “I became interested in this experiment when,” and conclude the sentence by explaining what observation or experience compelled you to complete the experiment.
Conclude by stating how the information collected will be beneficial in the future. The entire purpose behind completing an experiment is to advance scientific knowledge. Begin your final sentence with “The information gained through this experiment will,” and finish the sentence by explaining how the information can be applied to, and improve, life, and/or extend scientific understanding.
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