Curriculum Snapshot: High School Statistics Students in Statistics were given the opportunity to design and carry out an experiment.
Posted on February 24, 2017 by Scot Allen
High School statistics students in statistics were given the opportunity to design and carry out an experiment. The students were tasked with testing the hypotheses: "The ability to successfully make a free throw is the same whether their classmates were quiet or noisy." Classmates were randomly assigned to make noise and to be quiet while a student shot free throws. The results were recorded and analyzed.
The students were given an authentic opportunity to gather their own data rather than using data created by others. A real-world environment was used for students to exhibit their skills and knowledge. Once the data was gathered, the real work started. Through a complex statistical process, the students were able to determine that the observed difference in free throw percentage was due to random chance. There was no significant evidence that the ability to make free throws was impacted by noise. The students were unable to reject the hypotheses.