Speaker: Laura Bonnett
Numeracy is a core skill for children and adults. Unfortunately, maths often receives a bad press, especially from school pupils who may say "maths is boring", or "it's too hard"! As mathematicians and statisticians, we have a duty to inspire the next generation and to engage the public with mathematics and statistics; to encourage enjoyment of the subject, to enhance and enrich study beyond the curriculum, and to encourage unusual ways of communicating our science.
The Royal Statistical Society’s Education & Statistical Literacy Committee remit includes statistical education in practice, promoting careers in statistics, and developing statistical literacy. In line with these aims the Committee is co-ordinating the development of hands-on statistical activities for its Fellows, and STEM Ambassadors, for use at science festivals and school workshops.
To date eight activities have been launched – how random are you, how to always win, biased sampling, stick or switch, how many penguins, capture recapture, radiotherapy: finding the right dose, and sociable cards. The practical and statistical methodology of each hands-on activity will be described enabling attendees to recreate and run these activities for themselves.
Prepare yourselves for penguin poo, playing cards, and audience participation!
Event Time: 17:30 – 18:30, followed by drinks and festive nibbles
Organiser Name Kate Pyper
Organising Group(s) Glasgow Local Group of the Royal Statistical Society