Descriptive Investigation

Descriptive Investigations involve collecting qualitative and/or quantitative data to draw conclusions about a natural or man-made system (e.g., rock formation, animal behavior, cloud, electrical circuit).  A descriptive investigation includes a question but no hypothesis.  Observations are recorded, but no comparisons are made and no variables are manipulated.  Instead, students are able to create models or three-dimensional representations of their findings.

In a descriptive investigation, student(s) will:
  • Ask a testable question
  • Research the topic
  • Collect information via research and observations
  • Make sense of the observation and draw a conclusion
  • Plan, design and construct a three dimensional representation (model) when applicable.
  • Present findings for peer review.