Michigan Statistics Poster Competition (K-12)
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The Michigan Statistics Poster Competition (MSPC) supports the development of data analysis and communication skills in K-12 students, which are essential in our increasingly data-driven world. Annually, teachers throughout Michigan send hundreds of their students' posters to GVSU (see How to Enter), where they are judged in four grade-level categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Winners in each category are awarded state-level prizes and sent to the national competition organized by the American Statistical Association.
WHO CAN ENTER THE COMPETITION?
All students in grades K through 12 residing in Michigan are eligible to participate. There is no entry fee! Entries will be judged in four different grade level categories:
- Category 1: Grades K-3
- Category 2: Grades 4-6
- Category 3: Grades 7-9
- Category 4: Grades 10-12
HOW CAN I ENTER? / Registration
Participants must register through the online system. Registration for the 2020 competition will open in September 2019.
Posters must be postmarked/delivered by _________, 2020 to:
Department of Statistics
Michigan Statistics Poster Competition
A-1-178 Mackinac Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401-9403
- Print out the form generated by the registration system and paper-clip it to the poster.
- Multiple entries may be mailed together but must have separate registration forms. Please send entries flat between taped sheets of cardboard. Do not send posters rolled in a tube.
- Description (see the Rules in the section below) should be securely attached to the poster back
WHAT IS A STATISTICS POSTER?
A statistics poster tells the story of a data set. Numbers and graphs are used to give voice to the truth behind the data. Whether the summary is a bar chart, histogram, or table of numerical summaries the focus should always be on the meaning behind the data. In a well-done statistics poster, the reader is able to discover the story behind the data by following the logical progression of the poster. The emphasis is on the visual display of results through well-placed graphs.
WHY A STATISTICS POSTER COMPETITION?
The NCTM Standards for Curriculum and Evaluation in School Mathematics presents the vision that problem-solving is a primary goal of mathematics instruction. The Standards recommend student involvement in statistical activities at all grade levels.
The Grade Level Content Expectations for Michigan students include data representation as early as grade 1, numerical summaries in grade 5, probability in grade 6, scatterplots in grade 7, and informal statistical inference in high school. In all grade levels, emphasis is placed on using statistics to analyze data and draw conclusions. Constructing a statistics poster is a powerful way to attain these goals while exercising essential communication skills.
- Posters are to measure between 18 to 24 inches by 24 to 30 inches.
- Any weight of paper is permitted. Standard poster board is recommended.
- Be sure that anything attached to the front of the poster is affixed securely. Do not attach perishable items.
- Posters must be the original design and creation of the students.
- In the K-3 category, at least one graph is required. In the 4-12 categories, at least two graphs are required. The two graphs should impart different information (e.g., a bar graph and a pie chart of the same variable does not meet this criteria). Computer generated graphs are acceptable.
By submitting a poster, students give permission for their work to be displayed at various conferences, special events, in publications and promotional material, and in electronic format on the Internet.
Posters become the property of the competition organizers and are not returned.
- Subject matter is the choice of the participants. Data may be original or published. For published data, a reference must be given.
- A brief description including the method of data collection and purpose must be securely attached to the back of the poster.
- Posters and the brief description must not contain any marks, names, or information that reveal the identity of the individual, team, school, or location.
- Students may work individually or in teams. For the K-3 category, there is no restriction on the size of the team (it may be as large as the entire class). For the other three categories, the team may have up to four students. For teams with members from different grade levels, the highest grade level determines the category.
JUDGING AND PRIZES
Entries will be judged within the four grade-level categories on the basis of:
- Overall impact of the display
Does the poster catch your eye? Does the poster draw you into the investigation?
- Clarity of the message
Do important relationships and patterns in the data stand out? Can conclusions stand alone without the explanatory paragraph on the back?
- Appropriateness of the graphs for the data/Creativity/Content
Is the topic important relative to the grade category?
You may access the scoring rubric used by the judges!
- Prizes in the amounts of $72, $48, and $36 will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the grade level categories.
- Winning entrants' schools will receive plaques signifying the honor.
- Honorable mention certificates will be awarded also.
- Top entries will be sent to the national competition organized by the American Statistical Association.