News & Announcements

SERG Moved from LGRT to Middlesex

The SRRI Statistic Education Research Group has moved from Lederle Graduate Research Tower Fourth Floor to Middlesex House Second floor.

New Game Programmers Joined Data Games

Two energetic game programmers, Russell Phelan and Michael Salyh have joined the Data Game Project team.

Data Games at Greylock Elementary

The Data Games Project team headed to Greylock Elementary School, North Adams on May 13-14, 2013

Game Programmer Wanted

We are looking for a Javascript/Actionscript Game Programmer (Departmental Assistant) to join our development team for short term, on-site work in our game lab at the Scientific Reasoning Research Institute (SRRI), UMass Amherst.

Student Game Programmers Wanted

Student Game Programmers Wanted: We are putting together a small team of Javascript/Flash/Actionscript student programmers to further develop and polish several educational games for Mac/Windows/iPad.

Data Games at Pioneer Valley

The Data Games project team headed to Pioneer Valley Regional School on February 12, 14 and 15 to observe students in an 8th grade classroom playing our game Chainsaw and then developing and critiquin

Data Games in Action at Four Rivers

The Data Games project team headed to Four Rivers Charter school in Greenfield, MA on December 17-20, 2012 to observe 8th grade classrooms implementing games and activities we're in the process of designed.

TinkerPlots 2.1 Released

The new version of TinkerPlots (TinkerPlots 2.1) has been released.

Most importantly, we've made TinkerPlots 2.1 a lot more stable. We've fixed a large number of bugs, both major and minor.

Kathy Boron Joined SRRI

Kathy Boron, who recently retired from Mathematics and Statistics department at UMass, has joined SRRI as a part-time clerical assistant.

Data Games Summer Workshop 2012

Data Games Summer Workshop was held at SRRI on August 6 - 10, 2012. This weeklong teacher workshop was conducted to prepare a cohort of teachers for classroom field-test this year.

Review of TinkerPlots on

TinkerPlots is "particularly well suited to inquiry learning" and "the flexibility and ease of use of the program lend themselves to students exploring and developing questions of their own about data sets." For more on one person's perspective of the power of TinkerPlots 2.1 in supporting student learning, see the review at or download the attached PDF below.

Presentation at Joint Statistical Meeting 2012

Cliff Konold, invited panelist in the session "Models and Modeling in Introductory Statistics Classes" at the Joint Statistical Meeting, San Diego, CA in July.

2012 DR K-12 PI Meeting

The Discovery Research K-12 PI meeting was held from June 13-15, 2012 in Arlington, VA.

eCOTS: Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics 2012

The first ever eCOTS: Electronic Conference On Teaching Statistics was held May 14-18, 2012.

NCTM 2012 Annual Meeting

NCTM 2012 Annual meeting and exposition was held April 25-28, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA.

NCSM 44th Annual Conference

Cliff Konold presented "What students, teachers and administrators need to understand about data" at the NCSM 44th Annual Conference.

Data Games at Amherst Regional High School

The Data Games project team headed to a 10th grade classroom at Amherst Regional High School on April 9-10, 2012 to work with Bill Blatner and his students. This was the first classroom testing of our game, Ship Odyssey.

Related Paper Set at NARST

Four members of CLSG presented a related paper set at the Annual International Meeting of NARST in Orlando Florida. The title of the set was Discussion-Based Teaching Strategies to Support Mental Modeling: Animated Images, Static Images, and Mental Imaging. Presenters were Grant Williams, Norm Price, Abi Leibovich, and Lynn Stephens and Phil Scott was discussant.