Recognizing that there is a continuing need to encourage and promote the understanding and application of statistics, the American Statistical Association sponsors a statistical poster competition for grades K-12 that allows students to discover and express their creativity in the analysis of data occurring in their everyday lives. A statistical poster is a visual display containing two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, that look at the data from different points of view, and that answer some specific questions about the data. If we focus on the mechanical aspects of collecting data and rote learning of how to choose and draw an appropriate graph to summarize it, we still have indeed added another time-consuming activity to the crowded curriculum. In the classroom, graphing activities for poster competitions can be integrated learning activities that can enhance the curriculum rather than burden it.
- Prof Dev