American Statistical Association Announces Competition to Design Activities for USA Science & Engineering Festival

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The American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, is sponsoring a competition to select hands-on activities for its booth at the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival in October. Students, teachers and ASA Members are eligible to submit entries. Prizes to be awarded include a grand prize of $750 plus a trip for two to the Festival in Washington DC. ASA is an official partner of the Festival.

The American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, is sponsoring a competition to select hands-on activities for its booth at the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival in October. Prizes to be awarded include a grand prize of $750 plus a trip for two to the Festival in Washington DC. ASA is an official partner of the Festival.

The inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival will be the country’s first national science festival. Two weeks of free events, beginning Oct. 10, will culminate in a two-day Expo on the National Mall on Oct. 23-24. As a participant in the Festival, ASA will join more than 350 of the nation’s leading science and engineering organizations, including colleges and universities, corporations, federal agencies, museums and science centers, and professional associations and societies. Festival activities are all free. Complete Festival information is available at http://www.usasciencefestival.org.

Entries to the ASA Competition must be submitted by April 15. All entries should:

  •     Demonstrate statistical concept(s)
  •     Generate excitement about statistics
  •     Emphasize statistics as a science

For official rules and guidance, visit http://www.amstat.org/outreach/pdfs/HandsOnStats_Rules.pdf.

In addition to ASA members, the competition is open to K-16 teachers and students in grades K-12, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Semi-finalists will be announced by May 10. Final entries are due June first, and winners will be announced June 30.

Questions about the competition can be directed to the following ASA staff: Steve Pierson, director of science policy, pierson(at)amstat(dot)org; Rebecca Nichols, K-16 education manager, Rebecca(at)amstat(dot)org; or Rick Peterson, education programs associate, rick(at)amstat(dot)org.

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.

For more information:
Rosanne Desmone
703.302.1861 (direct)
703.946.3820 (mobile)
Rosanne(at)amstat(dot)org

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