ASA Announces K-12 Winners of the 2008 National Poster and Project Competitions

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The American Statistical Association, (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, today announced the national winners of its annual statistics poster and project competition for K-12 students. The ASA Poster and Project competitions are coordinated by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability and the ASA Center for Statistics Education. ASA also announced information for teachers about the 2009 poster and project competitions.

The American Statistical Association, (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, today announced the national winners of its annual statistics poster and project competition for K-12 students. The winning entries were displayed at The Joint Statistical Meetings in Denver last month. The ASA Poster and Project competitions are coordinated by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability and the ASA Center for Statistics Education. ASA also announced information for teachers about the 2009 poster and project competitions.

Poster competition
Winning posters, many of which were chosen via regional competitions throughout the country, were selected in four grade level categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The Washington Statistical Society, ASA's largest chapter, judged all entries not submitted via regional competitions and determined which entries to send to the national judging. Judges selected the winners based on overall impact, clarity of poster message, appropriateness of graphics, originality and creativity, and technical details.

The poster competition, now in its 19th year, encourages students to discover the usefulness of displaying data in creative ways. Students work individually or in teams to create a poster that tells a statistical story visually and to illustrate conclusions that can be drawn from data.

Project competition
Each project submitted to the competition was read by at least one statistician and one teacher, and a rubric was used to guide the scoring. Statistics project entries were submitted by students in grades 4-12, often working in teams. They posed a question, designed a study to answer the question, collected and analyzed the data, and answered the question using the results of the analysis. Students then wrote a report (10 pages or fewer) of the activity and submitted it to the competition.

According to the competition judges for grades 10-12, collecting data properly is challenging. Students who find data that have already been compiled often do not realize the pitfalls and potential errors of data collection. As a consequence, they miss an opportunity to understand this vital phase. For this reason, the scoring rubric emphasizes data collection by the students, and projects in which students collect data from scratch are viewed more highly than those in which students utilize existing data.

Prizes
First place poster and project winners received $200, a plaque for themselves and one for their school, and a grade-appropriate graphing calculator from Texas Instruments. Second place winners received $100 and a plaque; third-place winners received $50 and a plaque; and honorable mentions received a certificate.

Winners online
The winning posters and projects, along with the judging rubrics and the project judges' comments on the strengths and weaknesses of each, may be viewed on the ASA web site at: http://www.amstat.org/education/index.cfm?fuseaction=2008posters

2009 Competition Entries
Teachers and students are encouraged to submit posters and/or projects for the competitions by the April 1, 2009 deadline. The entry rules and evaluation methods for the poster and project competitions, as well as entry forms, can be accessed on the ASA web site at http://www.amstat.org/education/index.cfm?fuseaction=poster1. For more information, contact Rebecca Nichols, ASA, 732 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1943; or rebecca @ amstat.org; (703) 684-1221, ext. 1877.

About the American Statistical Association
The American Statistical Association (ASA), a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 160 years, ASA has been providing its 18,000 members serving in academia, government, and industry and the public with up-to-date, useful information about statistics. The ASA has a proud tradition of service to statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statistics across a wealth of academic areas and applications. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the association's web site at http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.

2008 Statistics Poster Winners

Grades K-3

First Place: Timothy Crowley and Trey Crowley - Which Fuel to Choose: Corn, Pellets, or Peanuts?
Homeschooled, Bernville, Pennsylvania

Second Place: Alexander Gutierrez and Louis Duh - Which Natural Disaster Is the Most Deadly?
Fawn Hollow Elementary School, Monroe, Connecticut

Third Place: Kailyn Bates - Backyard Buddies
Westtown Thornbury Elementary, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Honorable Mentions:
Drew Couturier, Josh Lowell, Nathan Umlor, Ian Blackman-Staves, Collin De Young, Sarah Koning, Chase Roelofs, and Dylan Speet - Murphy's Law
Springview and Evergreen Elementary Schools, Allendale, Michigan

Mary Nelson - How Many Calories Do Third-Graders Eat in a Day?
Fisher Elementary School, Redford, Michigan

Spencer Dai and Emerson Carlson - New England's Exploding!
Stepney Elementary School, Monroe, Connecticut

Grades 4-6

First Place: Jamie Colburn - Stick It Here, Stick It There, Stick It Under Your Chair?
Holland Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program, Holland, Michigan

Second Place: Aidan McAuliffe - How Happy Are You?
Holland West Middle School, Holland, Michigan

Third Place: Arielle DeVito and Laura Starkman - How Are U.S. Owners of Common Pets Alike or Different?
Hathaway Brown Primary School, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Honorable Mentions:
Rory Crabbe - How Much Sleep Do You Get?
Wyoming Seminary Lower School, Forty Fort, Pennsylvania

Liz Broene, Catherine Polik, and Hanna Teasley - Will Your Holiday Go Up in Flames?
Holland West Middle School, Holland, Michigan

Grades 7-9

First Place: Ryan Lancaster - Are Tougher Driving Restrictions for 16 and 17 Year Olds Necessary?
Jockey Hollow Middle School, Monroe, Connecticut

Second Place: Ryan Durham - Money Talks! What Does Mine Say?
Peet Junior High School, Conroe, Texas

Third Place: David Freifelder - Tape
Cedarbrook Middle School, Wyncote, Pennsylvania

Honorable Mentions:
Anay Gomez - Which Pan Thickness Is Best for Different Substance Textures?
Hyde Park Middle School, Las Vegas, Nevada

Koeun Choi and Shimul Sheth - What Affects a Teenager's Amount of Sleep?
Clarkstown High School South, New City, New York

Regan Busby - Do Foods Affect Memory?
Hyde Park Middle School, Las Vegas, Nevada

Grades 10-12

First Place: Qiushuang Jin, Early to Bed? Early to Rise? The Association Between Heavy Academic Workload and Sleep Deprivation Among High School Students
Iowa City West Senior High School, Iowa City, Iowa

Second Place: Matthew H. Baron - Is My High School More Liberal Than the Nation?
Beachwood High School, Beachwood, Ohio

Third (TIE):
Tammy Hsia and Christopher Bush - Capital Capitols
Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center, Warren, Michigan
and Rajit Malhotra - Is India Really Getting Richer?
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

Honorable Mentions:
Jordyn McDonald - Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol Use in Seniors of Magnet-Only High Schools and Comprehensive High Schools
High Schools and Comprehensive High Schools Advanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada

Jacob Snyder and Domas Siaudvytis - Is Texas Instruments Lying?
Saline High School, Saline, Michigan

2008 Statistics Project Winners

Grades 4 to 6
Third place: Willa Glickman - Who's the Biggest Drinker?
Institute for Collaborative Education, New York, New York

Honorable Mention: Paige Gibso, Andrew Roys, Derik Lau, and Krys Miller - Are Peas the Problem?
West Union Elementary, West Union, Iowa

Grades 7 to 9
Second Place: Laura S. Levy - Hear It, Say It, Spell It: Investigating Nonvisual Pathways for Spelling
El Camino Real High School, Woodland Hills, California

Third Place: Lukas Brummer, Rick Dunphey, Daniel Koppa, and Korey Kubricki - Rip Current Awareness and Knowledge
Pinelands Regional and Southern Regional, Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey

Grades 10 to 12
First Place: Qiushuang Jin - The Association Between Heavy Academic Workload and Sleep Deprivation Among High-School Students
West Senior High School, Iowa City, Iowa

Second Place: Jonathan Lu - What Is the Most Efficient Way to Count Cells In Fluorescence Microscopy?
Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, California

Third Place: Mickey Pardo - A Statistical Analysis and Decoding of the Tall Communication System of Eastern Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carollinensis)
Pardo Homeschool, Wesley Hills, New York

Honorable Mention: Leah Persaud - Cosmetic Contamination Awareness Among Adolescent Females
Brooklyn Technical High School, Bronx, New York

[Note to editors: The complete list of national winners follows the text of this news release; a link to photos of the winning posters is in the release.]

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