Fall Data Challenge: Educator Resources
August 13, 2020
You’ve heard all about the 2020 Fall Data Challenge: Get Out the Vote, so what are the next steps to get your students involved? Here are some tips on how you can incorporate the Fall Data Challenge into your upcoming curriculum.
Get Your Class Involved
- Offer the Fall Data Challenge as extra credit or as a class assignment
- Volunteer to help students form teams, and/or to sponsor teams
- Offer your classroom (or if your class is virtual, your Zoom or other online meeting tools) as a meeting and workspace for student teams
Introduce Students to the Fall Data Challenge
- The Fall Data Challenge is students’ chance to apply their statistical skills to real voter-turnout data and provide insights to inspire more people to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
- It’s a contest from the American Statistical Association where students can analyze real data to help address a pressing current issue.
- To compete, students must form teams of 2 to 5, find a teacher to sponsor, and make sure they have read about the submissions process at thisisstatistics.org/falldatachallenge/
- For additional details and resources, visit thisisstatistics.org/falldatachallenge/
What is Statistics?
- Statistics is the science of learning from data. Statisticians turn data into knowledge, detecting signals from the noise in the data.
- Statistics is among the fastest-growing jobs around the world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics listed statistician as one of the fastest-growing careers between 2018 and 2028.
- Those with statistics training can choose from a wide variety of careers.
- If students don’t want to be statisticians, they will still benefit from taking statistics classes.
- More and more career fields need workers who are statistically literate, especially in our growing data-driven economy.
Get more resources about statistics in our Educator Toolkit.
This spring, This is Statistics launched a new contest: March Randomness, a month-long challenge that encouraged students to test their probability intuition skills, inspired by the Borel board game. The inaugural March Randomness contest drew in 214 participating teams. How it worked: Every Monday through Thursday throughout March, we posed a new probability experiment to students – for…
It’s almost time to announce the winner of the This is Statistics March Randomness spring contest! During this inaugural competition, teams of high school and undergraduate students used their probability intuition to predict outcomes of 16 simple random experiments that used dice, balls, cards, and coins. Before we reveal the winning team later this week,…