Konold Gives STEM Institute talk

Cliff Konold is giving the September 18 talk for the UMass STEM Institute.

The UMass Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM) Institute presents:

Cliff Konold, "Bringing Data and Chance Together in the Middle School"
Tuesday, September 18 2007 at 4:00 PM in Hasbrouck 138

In current curriculum materials for middle school students in the US, data and chance are considered as separate topics. They are then ideally brought together in the minds of high school or university students when they learn about statistical inference. In recent studies, we have been attempting to build connections between data and chance in the middle school by using a modeling approach made possible by new software capabilities that will be part of TinkerPlots 2.0. Using a new Sampler object, students build "factories" to model not only prototypical chance events, but also distributions of measurement errors and of heights of people. I provide the rationale for having students model a wide range of phenomena using a single software tool and describe how we are using this capability to help young students develop a robust, statistical perspective.

The program begins at 4 PM; refreshments at 3:45 PM.
Parking is available at the Campus Center Garage.
For more information, contact the STEM Ed Institute at 545-0453.