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Activity Number: 485 - Innovations in Introductory Statistics
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #322618
Title: Projects with Purpose in Introductory Statistics
Author(s): Kathy Gray*
Companies: California State University-Chico
Keywords: Project-based course; Sustainability; Introductory Statistics

This talk will describe an introductory statistics course in which freshmen take part in a course-based research experience. Students imagine living on an island with other island residents. Due to climate change islanders must agree on strategies to conserve their household water usage. Students keep track of their own water use which populates the island’s water usage. Simulations are performed to examine the sustainability of the island under different drought scenarios. The class examines the effects of different water conservation interventions. The culminating project is a public service announcement to persuade California residents to conserve water. Throughout the course students are encouraged to be problem solvers, community builders, and engaged citizens. Students have a clear connection between the content of the course and their own household water usage. They gain an understanding of the impact of climate change and acquire the tools and knowledge necessary to advocate for societal change. Comparison of common assessments between a traditional introductory course and the project-based course will be discussed.

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