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Cat's Meow hypothesis

Postby dulciboots » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:57 pm

I'm not sure what the question and hypothesis would be for the Cat's Meow experiment. If there are 5 toys, including the basic string, how do we form the best hypothesis? Does my child randomly chose the toy he thinks the cat will like best? If a cat likes a toy, the cat will demonstrate instinctual behaviors during play, and the more behaviors shown means the cat likes that toy the most?

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Re: Cat's Meow hypothesis

Postby MadelineB » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:30 pm

Hello Dulciboots and welcome to Science Buddies,

This project sounds like lots of fun!

Since this project involves designing the toys, you might want to consider it as an engineering project rather than a science project. Here's a link to the Science Buddies project guide which compares the two types of projects:

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science- ... fic-method

Then check out the Science Buddies project guides - there's a guide for science projects (which includes a helpful section on hypotheses) and a separate guide for engineering projects.

Be sure to let us know if you have more questions and good luck!

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