The Difference Between a Project and a Demonstration

Sometimes when we're first learning the Scientific Method it can be hard to tell the difference between a demonstration and a true experiment. One simple way to help you decide is to ask yourself this question: "Can my hypothesis/prediction be answered with a 'yes' or 'no'." If your hypothesis/prediction can be answered with "yes" or "no" you probably have a true experiment. BUT if your hypothesis/prediction can NOT be answered with a simple, "yes" or "no" then you are probably needing to rework your idea because you are probably thinking in terms of demonstration. REMEMBER, in Science a "NO" answer to a hypothesis IS NOT FAILURE! In fact, an enormous amount of real true research is done BECAUSE an experiment of some kind or other FAILED. Failure in an experiment is simply new information that you, the scientist, did not have before! After a "failed" experiment, you have the opportunity to re-look at your data, materials and procedure. THEN you can make NEW decisions, predictions and tests! Onward Scientists!