Message from the Section Chair

Roxy Peck
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 6, Number 2 (Summer 2000)

Get Involved with Stat Ed at JSM this August
Looking for a way to contribute at JSM? The Section on Statistical Education is assisting with several activities this year, and we could use your help. Here are three things to add to your "to do" list for JSM.

The Statistics Education Booth. Last year, the Center for Statistics Education debuted the Statistics Education booth, and it was a great success. You can help out this year in the following ways: a) Volunteer to spend an hour or two to help staff the booth. b) Volunteer to prepare a one-page handout on an activity suitable for use in a school classroom. You can pick the grade level. Last year a number of ASA members stopped at the booth looking for ideas for statistics related activities that they could do with their kids or with their children's class as a school volunteer. We'd like to have something to offer them this year.

Public Statistics Day. Public Statistics Day is an event held in conjunction with JSM that allows school kids to participate in a half-day of statistics related activities led by statisticians. Public Statistics Day was held in 1996, 1997, and 1998, but was canceled last year because the Baltimore schools were not in session. We are going to try again this year in Indianapolis with a different twist. Working with the Indiana Association of Home Schools, we have invited children in home schooling programs to participate and, in addition to activities for the kids, we are also planning a parents' session on how statistics can be incorporated into a home school curriculum. Public Statistics Day will be held on Thursday afternoon on the last day of JSM. If you would be interested in leading an activity and can stay a couple of extra hours on Thursday, please contact me for more details.

Attend the Stat Ed Business Meeting. This is an easy one -- no advance work required!

And, of course, be sure to attend all of the great sessions sponsored by Stat Ed. Tom Short has put together an impressive program and Jim Matis has organized a great set of round tables as well.

Hope to see you in August. And, don't forget to email me if you can help out with the Stat Ed booth or Public Statistics Day. I can be reached at

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