This is my second year of Experimental Design (my favorite event
) and the first year in Division C. I can't wait until the regional tournament (which is in one week! EEK!).
Do the event supervisors usually provide an objective or topic, or are we left on our own to come up with an experiment?
Topic/Question Area- What the event supervisors give to the competitors. This topic can be as vague as "physics" and as specific as "Make an experiment related to the number and types of beans in the cups". Your statement of problem must be related to this topic.
Statement of problem- This is the question you create for your experiment. This should be related in some way to the topic. For example, if the topic was "Physics", then you should make a question based on physics.
The question is usually in "How does (independent variable) affect (dependent variable)?" form, but you can choose any format.