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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 #323181
Title: Creating a STEM-Based Study Abroad Experience in England Featuring the History of Statistics
Author(s): Elizabeth Johnson* and David Holmes
Companies: University of Florida and University of Florida
Keywords: Study Abroad; History of Statistics; Undergraduate Education; Experiential Learning; Sports Analytics; Statistics Education

Incorporating an international experiential learning component into US higher education programs has become increasingly important for creating a workforce with the capabilities and mindset to tackle global challenges. Inspired by reading "The Lady Tasting Tea" which describes how historical motivations lie behind several key advances in statistics, we created a new STEM-related Study Abroad Program. This one-week program based in Cambridge and London took students to the historical beginnings of the discipline of statistics in England. This program focused on the following statistical and data science themes: Cryptography, Data Visualization, Early Computers, Epidemiology, Experimental Design, Gathering Information and Sports Analytics. It included visits to Bletchley Park, Rothamsted Research, the Royal Statistical Society, the Science Museum, Fulham Football Club, the National Archives and the Florence Nightingale Museum. One learning objective of the program was to introduce students to the ways in which modern scholars, by interpreting the past, can think critically about the present and future.

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