ASA 2009 Poster and Project Winners
The American Statistical Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Poster Competition and Project Competition. First-place winners received $200 and a plaque, as well as a plaque for their school. Additionally, Texas Instruments provided grade-appropriate graphing calculators for the students and their teachers. Second-place winners received $100 and a plaque, third-place winners received $50 and a plaque, and honorable mentions received certificates.
The competitions are directed by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. K–12 posters are due every year on April 1, and projects are due every year on April 1 for grades 4–6 and 7–9. Projects for grades 10–12 are due on May 30. Winning posters and projects, as well as information about the competitions—including entry forms, instructional webinars, and a rubric of how the posters and projects are judged—are available here.
For the Project Competition, students in grades 4–12 posed a question, designed a study to answer the question, collected and analyzed data, answered the question using the results of the analysis, and then reviewed what went well and what areas could be improved. A short write-up of the activity, generally fewer than 10 pages, was submitted to the competition. Sometimes, science fair projects serve as the foundation for the project, but students must emphasize the statistical aspects, including design, data collection, graphical approaches, and analyses.
Each project is read by at least one teacher of grades 6–12 and at least one college-level statistician. Top projects are read and discussed by all judges for a particular grade category, and differences in scoring are discussed until the group of judges reaches a consensus. Judging focused on the design, analysis, conclusions, and reflection of the project, as these affected the students’ ability to answer the question being asked.
This year, the deadline for students in grades 10–12 was moved to May 30 to allow for more students to participate after the AP Statistics exam. As a result, the number of projects in this age group nearly doubled from last year. In the grades 4–6 category, projects discussed a possible method to clean oil spills and driving habits of Californians. Student projects in the grades 7–9 category included an evaluation of the Pythagorean Win Theorem with NFL scores. Projects in the grades 10–12 category explored whether Double Stuffed Oreos are really double stuffed, the effects of peer pressure, and the installation time of Windows XP. Additionally, projects in this group used many of the tests taught in AP Statistics, including simple linear regression analysis, the two-sample t test, and the chi-square test.