Great Success at 1st High School
AP Statistics Poster Competition
The Orange County Long Beach Chapter held its first High School AP Statistics competition on June 1st at the University of California, Irvine. The turnout was wonderful, with 146 students presenting 57 posters to the team of judges. The entries were very thought provoking, and 7 teams came away with a cash prize of $25.
Concurrent with the competition the Chapter also held a tutorial session, for those teachers who accompanied their students. This session was led by Chapter members representing the our special interest group in Statistics Education. Topics discussed in the session included: Data Resources for Teachers (Jessica Utts--UCI); Technology for AP Statistics--JMP, Minitab, TI-Nspire (Lee Kucera--Capistrano USD); Test Development Committee News (Paul Rodriguez--Troy HS); and What can our ASA Chapter do to help AP Statistics teachers? (local members).
Conner Pekarek (San Clemente HS) Emile Shehada (Troy HS)
Frankie Pinto, Victoria Mendez, Haley Clarke Jihee Lee, Young Song, Johanthan Han
(San Clemente HS) (Whitney HS)
The success of the competition was made possible by the coordinators, Jessica Utts and Lee Kucera; logistics expert Rosemary Busta (UC Irvine); Chapter President Bob Newcomb (UC Irvine) and the coordinator of judging and scoring Stacey Hancock (UC Irvine). We also thank the volunteer judges whose participation not only supported the Chapter, but provided valuable feedback and mentoring to the students. Donations for the event were graciously accepted from Texas Instruments, Allergan, Mini Tab, JMP, and Barrons.
The Chapter leadership felt this was a very successful inaugural event, and hope to reach out to the students and teachers of more local high schools for next year!
Marelle Arndt, Alex Drabkin, Andrew Stefaniak Matthew Ho and Rudy Venguswamy
(San Clemente HS) (Whitney HS)
Tanya Chellani, Sangita Rajan (Whitney HS)
About the competition: The project competition allows students a chance to show and discuss the results of a study or experiment they have conducted to answer some question with professional statisticians who will judge their work. Students must stay by their poster board to await interviews by the judges assigned to the entry. After you have been interviewed and scored by judges, you may wander around and look at other project posters. However, do not interrupt or observe other entries as they are being judged. Also, note that a judge or two might chat informally with you about your project but not be assigned to score you. Be sure you have been interviewed by assigned judges before you leave your poster board. If you’re not sure when talking with a judge if you’re being scored, simply ask them if this is a judging interview or just an informal chat. Some judges just can’t help discussing an interesting looking topic they run across. The number of judging interviews per entry will be announced when the judging begins.
For further information, contact either of the UC-Irvine OC/LB PosterComp Co-Chairs: Lee Kucera at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Utts at email@example.com