Statistics in the Community


Activities Document

A list, complete with pictures, of various P-12 Outreach activities in 2005.


P-12 Brochure

What STATCOM uses to advertise its P-12 Outreach services.

Various Links to P-12 Documents Found on the Internet:

  1. STATCOM P-12 homepage

  2. Past activities page

  3. Spring Fest 2005 article

  4. Indiana State Fair 2005 article

  5. Spring Fest 2006 article


The following activities will be useful to any group interested in starting the P-12 Outreach component of the Statistics in the Community (STATCOM) program. Materials for these activities are freely available upon request. Please contact


Sample Activities:

Counting E's

Goal:  Students learn the difference between a census and a sample by counting es in a fun paragraph.  Advantages and disadvantages of both methods are discussed.

Supplies Needed: Paragraph

Pick 5 Lotto

Goal:  Students learn rules of probability via a simulation of a lottery game. 

Calculation demonstration:  Chances of picking 3, 4, or 5 numbers correctly when picking 5 unique numbers from 1-36.

Supplies Needed: Bingo set, small pieces of paper, pens, prizes, handout

Statistics with M and Ms

Goal:  Children learn concepts of using graphs to identify trends by creating a bar graph of the M & M colors in their bag.

Supplies Needed: Fun-sized bags of M & Ms, crayons, M &M bar graphs

Guess How Many Game

Goal:  Students learn concepts of maximum likelihood estimation by guessing the highest number in a bag of tokens and pooling information. 

Supplies Needed: Poker chips (tokens) with numbers, bag, handout

Age Histogram

Goal:  Children learn a way to view the ages of all people who visited the P-12 Outreach Booth at Spring Fest 2005.

Supplies Needed: Posterboard with histogram, markers, display stand