When people think of the scientific method, the picture of Elementary school kids with their big poster boards pops up. The boards are all big and colorful, with various pictures, a title explaining their little experiment and subtitles in boxes such as “Question,” “Hypothesis,” “Results,” “Conclusion,” etc. However, the scientific method is not just used to get a good grade in grade school science class. It is actually used in every day life, whether we realize it or not. Maybe your car broke down right before work, and you are trying to figure out what is wrong with it. This is your “experiment.” You decide to check the engine, thinking that could be it, this could be your hypothesis and a trial. Not it? You check your fuel. It was on empty! The conclusion? Your fuel tank was low. Situations like this can happen daily, and we subconsciously use the scientific method to resolve them.
To better elaborate on how the scientific method is practiced in everyday life instead of just in the science field, I have thought of the perfect movie to utilize: Mean Girls. This teen comedy film was released in 2004 about a girl named Cady Heron who had just moved to America from Africa and is starting her first year of public high school after being home-schooled by her zoologist parents all of her life. Cady goes through many trial and error situations until she finally settles and makes peace with her new life and friends.
Observation. To begin with, Cady realizes she is an outsider in this new high school. She's alone at lunch time, she gets strange looks, everybody mispronounces her name, she is not familiar with American norms. She desperately wants to “fit in,” a common desire for high school students. So how should she go about it?
Hypothesis. Maybe if she disbands the Plastics, a clique of popular snobby girls, she'll gain that popular status and be liked by the school. Or maybe throwing parties, that's what's shown in the movies to work. Or maybe even joining the Plastics themselves and share the...