Jerry Moreno
John Carroll University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 1, Number 2 (Summer 1995)

In an effort to encourage and promote the understanding and application of statistics and to give special emphasis to graphical displays, the ASA Section on Statistical Graphics and the Center for Statistical Education created the American Statistics Poster Competition in 1990. This competition offers students an avenue in which to express their creativity in presenting data or statistical analyses.

The competition strives to encourage students to discover the usefulness of statistics in displaying data that occur in various contexts in their everyday lives. It is open to all students in grades K-12 in the United States and Canada.

Entries may come from individuals or teams of up to four students. Subject matter is the choice of the participants; original data are preferable. Posters are judged on the basis of overall impact of the display, clarity of the message, appropriateness of the graphics for the data, and creativity shown in the display.

There are prizes totaling $200 that are given in each of four categories: grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. The winning posters along with honorable mentions are usually displayed at the annual ASA meeting. Some winning posters have been published by Dale Seymour Publications in a booklet called "Student Poster Projects: Winners of the ASA Poster Competition, 1991-1992".

Although the competition has been successful, there is need to increase the number of entries. If your children are of school age, the poster competition offers an excellent opportunity for you to get involved in your child's statistical education. Teachers need your expertise to make them aware of such opportunities as the poster competition, and then to give them suggestions on what statistical graphs are and how to draw them. You will find most teachers to be very receptive to your offering.

Contact the ASA Center for Statistical Education (see the end of the next article for complete contact information) to get a copy of the brochure and application form. Don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in holding a local poster competition in your area. I will try to help you in any way I can to organize it.

Jerry Moreno
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
John Carroll University
University Hts., OH 44118
Phone: (216) 397-4681
FAX: 216-397-3033

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