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STEM Ambassador Laura Bonnett: ‘How to always win!’ Statistics Outreach Activities
September 26th 2017

STEM Ambassador Laura Bonnett: ‘How to always win!’ Statistics Outreach Activities

Our amazing STEM Ambassador & Post-Doctoral Fellow Laura Bonnett and Dr Simon White have produced a set of brand new statistics outreach activities on behalf of the Royal Statistical Society.

“I am a National Institute of Heath Research Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Liverpool.  My primary research interest involves estimating time to next event for patients with recurrent conditions such as epilepsy and asthma.  In addition, I am a STEM Ambassador, and a member of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Education Committee.  I have been an Ambassador since 2010 and have now undertaken 29 activities in local schools, and at science fairs such as The Big Bang North West.

As part of my role on the RSS Education Committee I am developing statistics outreach activities that can be used by anyone wishing to engage and inspire the next generation of statisticians.  To date, together with Dr Simon White from Cambridge’s Biostatistics Unit, we have developed four activities.”

A 2-page guidance sheet and video demonstration of each of the four fun activities can be downloaded here!

Biased Sampling
This activity introduces people to the concept of sampling – the process of collecting observations to analyse – and when it can give the ‘wrong’ answer

Click here to watch the video

How random are you?
This activity introduces people to the concept of randomness. People often believe they can be random. However, activities like this demonstrate a failure for many people to be random.

Click here to watch the video

How to always win
Probability and chance are vital concepts not just within statistics, but in real life. This activity will investigate what we mean by bias, how we can identify whether something such as a die is biased, and how we can use it to our advantage!

Click here to watch the video

Stick or switch?
This activity introduces people to the concept of conditional probability via the Monty Hall problem – a brain teaser, loosely based on the American television game show Let’s Make a Deal and named after its original host, Monty Hall.

Click here to watch the video

STEM Ambassador Laura Bonnett: Penguin Poo! A new statistics outreach activity.
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