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Data representations in a stem context: the performance of catapults

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Fitzallen, N ORCID: 0000-0002-0002-5748, Watson, J, Wright, S and Duncan, B 2018 , 'Data representations in a stem context: the performance of catapults', paper presented at the Tenth International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS10), 8-13 July 2018, Kyoto, Japan.

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Abstract

STEM activities have the potential to embed statistics education in meaningful contexts in theelementary years of schooling. This paper reports on part of an extended activity where Grade 4students were involved in learning about catapults, studying their behavior, and later attempting toimprove their performance. After initially collecting data from launching ping pong balls with thecatapults, students were given complete freedom to generate representations that could be used toanalyze their data to report on the distance the balls travelled and the consistency over a numberof trials. The results illustrate the breadth of graph-types students can create when given theopportunity to represent the data in ways most meaningful to them.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Fitzallen, N and Watson, J and Wright, S and Duncan, B
Keywords: STEM; mathematical; statistics education
Journal or Publication Title: Looking back, looking forward: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS10)
Publisher: International Statistical Institute
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