Regional Math and Science Center
Super STAT-urday was a GREAT Success! Thank you to all involved!
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Who? Middle School Students (Grades 6th - 8th)
When? 8:30 am - 3:00 pm; November 9th, 2013
Where? Grand Valley State University, Allendale
So... What is Statistics?
- It’s the science of learning from (or making sense out of) data1
- It involves techniques for extracting information from data for solving real-world problems1
- It’s the art of telling a story with data1
It is rare to find situations that do not involve statistics. The applications of statistics are used around the world by governments, political parties, financial companies, opinion-polling firms, manufacturing and marketing companies, the pharmaceutical industry, social researchers, and news organizations, to name just a few.
Further, statistics is a great and rewarding – both personally and financially – career choice for today’s students. A recent forecast estimated that millions of statisticians and data analysts will be needed in the coming years around the world – including nearly 2 million jobs in the United States alone – to help manage and analyze larger and larger data sets.2
During Super STAT-urday, students will rotate in groups between rooms where, in each one, they will engage in hands-on activities that demonstrate statistical applications within a particular discipline. For instance, participants will learn how statistics are used to help make data-based decisions within disciplines such as chemistry, biology, geography, as well as others.
1 Adapted from definitions offered by Gerald Hahn and Necip Doganaksoy in the book A Career in Statistics: Beyond the Numbers
2 Peter Sondergaard, head of research at Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company
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