RSS Leeds/Bradford: Reaching out with statistics: Experiences with STEM outreach and the AIMS programme
About the event:
Tea & coffee
Chair of the Leeds/Bradford Group
Dr. Laura Bonnett, Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool
Penguins, playing cards and statistical engagement.
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. Four further activities are currently under development. A selection of these hands-on activities will be demonstrated, enabling attendees to recreate and run these activities for themselves.
Prepare yourselves for penguin poo, dice galore, and audience participation!
Jean Rizk, Maths and Statistics Department, University of Limerick
Feel free to join the speakers and members of the local-group committee for an informal meal (Venue TBA on the day).
Organiser Name Ciarán McInerney
Organising Group(s) Royal Statistical Society Leeds/Bradford Local Group