ASA Data Visualization Poster Competition for Grades K–12
Posters are due every year on April 1.
The ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability and the ASA’s education department encourage students and their advisers to participate in its annual Data Visualization Poster Competition.
What is a data visualization poster? A data visualization poster is a display containing two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, look at the data from different points of view, and answer specific questions about the data.
- Posters must measure between 18 and 24 inches high and 24 and 30 inches wide. Any weight of paper is permitted.
- The best way to send the poster is flat, between taped sheets of cardboard. Do not send posters rolled in a tube. Between 200 and 400 posters are entered, so send posters using a method that lends itself to easy opening with a razor. No extra papers, “peanuts,” or other non-Earth friendly packing materials should be included.
- Be sure posters are not wrapped so securely that opening becomes a challenge. Do not use duct tape or large amounts of tape.
- Any layers of paper on posters must be affixed securely.
- Posters must be the original design and creation of the entrant(s).
- Computer graphics may be used.
- Subject matter is the choice of the participant(s) or their classmates.
- An example of the original data and brief descriptions of the method of collection and purpose of the experiment must be taped securely to the back of the poster. (Cite references for published data.)
- In submitting a poster, students agree the poster may be displayed at the ASA’s Joint Statistical Meetings, featured in its publications, and included on its website.
All entries become the property of the ASA and cannot be returned.
Only first-, second-, and third-place winners and honorable mentions will be notified personally. The ASA will announce winners in August on its website.
Students may work individually or in teams. For those in the K–3 category, there is no restriction on the size of the team. For other categories, the maximum number of students per team is four. For teams with members from different grade levels, the highest grade determines the entry category.
Evaluation – New criteria for 2018!
Teachers and statisticians, whose decisions are final, will judge the posters on the following:
Overall Impact of the Display (Poster Design) – Poster design aspects, colors/patterns, grammar, spelling, dimensionality, readability, neatness
Technical Aspects (Statistical Correctness) – Age-appropriate use of statistical methods, calculations, and interpretation
Clarity of the Message (Statistical Process) – How well is the four-step investigative process implemented? How well is a story told? Stands alone, even without the explanatory paragraph on the back.
Appropriateness of the Graphs for the Data – Statistical appropriateness of graphics
Creativity (Topic Is of Interest) – Data collection methods, sample size issues, who cares factor
$300, a plaque, and a plaque for the school
$200 and a plaque
$100 and a plaque
If the submission is a collaborative effort, the prize money will be divided equally.
Also, first-place winners in grades 4–12 will receive Texas Instruments graphing calculators. First-place winners in grades 4–6 and their advisers will receive TI-73 Explorer graphing calculators. The winners in grades 7–12 and their advisers will receive TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculators.
Everyone will receive a certificate of participation (PDF download).
Complete the online data visualization poster competition entry form.
Once you have previewed and submitted your entry information, the final screen will display your poster entry number and registration information.
Write the grade category (K–3, 4–6, 7–9, or 10–12) on the back of your poster with your poster entry number (e.g., K–3 999).
Print the page with your poster entry number and registration information and securely clip ONLY this page to the poster (not permanently affixed).
Be sure the poster gives no information that identifies the team or school. A separate entry form must accompany each poster.
There is no entry fee.
Your poster must to be postmarked by April 1 to the following address:
Data Visualization Poster Competition
American Statistical Association
732 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Regional Data Visualization Poster Competitions
Students in an area in which a regional data visualization poster competition is available may submit their posters to their regional competition first. Students outside the regional competition areas should submit their posters directly to the ASA office. Information about regional poster competitions is available through the following websites: