Fairfax High School teacher Mark Whalley’s Probability & Statistics classes conducted what they call Stat Olympics where students host activities to test students’ skills in hand/eye coordination, balance, eating and stamina.
Some activities included blowing a ping pong ball through a maze, moving a cookie from one’s forehead to their mouth, and balancing on one foot while blindfolded. Students recorded times and counts and will assess the correlation and regression analysis of these activities vs. height, hand size, # years playing sports, etc. Students were responsible for creating their own activities and as a result were much more engaged in the data collection and analysis than would be doing the same work with data from a book.
Future Probability & /Statistics projects will include a student survey in late winter and a taste test experiment in the spring.
Mr. Whalley feels this class is a very practical math class which prepares students to think logically about real life events, and said he always looks forward to this project and getting Fairfax High School students and staff involved with what they are doing in his classroom.