On 16 June 2018, the RSS Glasgow local group promoted one of the RSS Education committee’s statistical outreach activities, 'How many Penguins?' The activity is aimed at engaging children and young people with the subjects of Mathematics and Statistics.
This event was organised and delivered by Johnathan Love, with the help of committee members Ruth Dundas and Yoana Borisova and engaged with approximately 100 members of the public.
The activity was promoted at the Glasgow Science Festival’s Kelvingrove Weekend. It was reported by the director of the event, that 1,500 members of the public had been engaged with, overall, on 16 June. The 'How many Penguins?' outreach activity is one of two activities to be released by the RSS Education committee during the summer of 2018.
Instructions on how to carry out the activity were provided by RSS Education committee member Laura Bonnett. Topics covered by the outreach activity included random sampling, estimation, populations, etc. Participants received RSS merchandise for their participation, including highlighters, badges and post-it pads, which were provided by Scott Keir (RSS head of education and statistical literacy at the RSS). This was also the first time that the Glasgow local group’s advertisement banner made an appearance, provided by Amaka Nwagbara (RSS membership engagement manager), and it is envisaged that this will be used at future events.
The majority of participants were children, though the activity did attract participation from members of the public of all ages. Participants were also from various corners of the world, and not just from the surrounding areas of Glasgow - these included France, the United States of America and China, to name but a few.
Overall, this activity was brilliantly received by members of the public who attended the Glasgow Science Festival.
Johnathan Love GradStat AFHEA is a teaching assistant at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde and is treasurer of the RSS Glasgow local group committee. He is currently studying for his PhD in Statistics at the University of Strathclyde.