Fall Data Challenge: Educator Resources
July 29, 2021
Educators, here are some tips on how to incorporate the Fall Data Challenge into your classroom and inspire your students to develop their statistics literacy:
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 gives students the chance to apply their statistical skills to real world issues.
- 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 on the Fall Data Challenge web page.
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.
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