"The Census Bureau is proud to have worked with educators from across the nation on activities that will help increase the statistical literacy of America's youth," Census Bureau Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Nancy Potok said. "Understanding the value behind the numbers that measure our changing society will help the future leaders of tomorrow learn how to make data-driven decisions that shape communities for generations to come."
The Census Bureau plans to add Statistics in Schools activities and resources throughout the summer, totaling more than 100 for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Some of the activities include "The Progressives and the 1920 Census" for high school history classes; "An Analysis of the Millennial Generation" for high school sociology classes; "Two-Way Tables - Walking and Bicycling to Work" for middle school math classes; and "Changes in My State" for elementary school math classes.
"These activities provide teachers with opportunities to teach statistical concepts and data analysis skills to students in various subjects -- not just math," California Polytechnic State University Professor Emerita of Statistics Roxy Peck said, who served as a subject matter expert for the middle and high school math activities. "The need for statistically literate citizens continues to grow as we become a more data-driven society."
In addition to downloadable activities and games, teachers can access the following resources on the Statistics in Schools website:
- Infographics and data visualizations.
- Information to help teachers explain Census Bureau data to students.
- Searchable data access tools.
For more information about Statistics in Schools, visit <www.census.gov/schools>.