The American Statistical Association Connecticut Chapter

Statistical Poster Competition

Sample Posters for Grades 4 - 6
 How Many Times have Fourth Graders Moved? These three graphs present the same type of data, so the same type of graph should have been used. The vertical bar chart and pictogram are both used correctly. The pictogram is easier to read because it is larger. The line graph is inappropriate and very confusing. The title could state a conclusion. Question: What conclusion do you make?

 Good Estimation Needs Practice! Enlarge the axes labels and legends. Students were allowed only 5 seconds to make their estimates in the upper left graph. Unlimited time was allowed for estimation in the upper right graph. It was a good idea to use the same type of chart for all three graphs. The title states a conclusion. But it is not clear how the data support the conclusion. Question: What title would you use?

 Hammer Hits Questions: What title would you use? What conclusion do you make? This poster is an excellent example of an interesting, simple experiment. Three graphs show how many hammer hits each individual needed to drive in a 3-inch nail. Fathers are shown at the upper left in red, mothers at the upper right in yellow, and siblings at the lower left in purple. It also contains two summary graphs- a vertical bar chart in the center and a pie-chart. Recommendations: Enlarge the chart titles, and the text and numeric labels for the axes. They should have been easily visible in this photograph. Make the father, mother, and sibling charts consistent. Make all three the same style (with the number of hammer hits on the vertical axis). In addition, it is crucial that these three graphs have the same scale for the vertical axis, otherwise they are visually misleading. Eliminate the pie chart. Emphasize the summary bar chart. Make it larger than the father, mother, and sibling charts. Make the colors in this chart consistent with those in the father, mother, and sibling charts. Add a scatter chart which displays the number of hammer hits on the vertical axis and the age of the sibling on the horizontal axis.

 How Many Girls and Boys Visit the Nurse and Why, in 5 Days? Question: What conclusion do you make? This poster is interesting. It engages the observer. Recommendations: Add gridlines (so each interval contains 20 or 25 students), labels, and a title ("Total Number of Visits to the Nurse") to the pictograph. Add separate lines for boys and girls in the line graph. Annotate the line graph with the denominators- the total boys and girls in the school - by putting (n= xx boys) and (n= xx girls) at the right-hand ends of the respective lines. Add a title ("Percent of Students Visiting the Nurse") to the line graph. Add gridlines to the "reason" bar chart.

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