The joint Southern California (SCASA) and Orange County/Long Beach (OCLB-ASA)

Chapters of the American Statistical Association Announce

The Annual AP Statistics Poster Competitions

To be Held Saturday afternoon (1 pm-4 pm) May 30, 2015

At

Chapman University Center

 

The Southern California (SCASA) and Orange County/Long Beach ASA Chapters (OCLB-ASA) are jointly sponsoring this year's competition at Chapman University, centrally located within Orange, California with easy freeway access.

 

Online registration is now CLOSED. All entries which received an email registration receipt are accepted and into the competition!

 

For an event day schedule for teachers and students see http://sc-asa.org/postercomp/PosterComp2015_Schedule.pdf.

 

 

 

Directions and Map and Parking Information will be provided.Please check back frequently for updates.

 

 

About the Competition 

 

Requirements for the competition: All entries must be pre-registered online; no walk-on registrations are allowed. Students must be sponsored by an AP Statistics teacher. It is not an absolute requirement that students be enrolled in an AP statistics class but the judging will be based on expected competencies for a student near the end of such a class and the project will be expected to exhibit proper application of data analysis and statistical inference as appropriate. The project and poster must be the work of the team.

 

About the judging: The poster competition allows students a chance to show and discuss the results of a study or experiment they have conducted to answer some question. Professional statisticians will judge the work. Students must stay by their poster board to await interviews by the judges assigned to the entry. After you have been interviewed and scored by judges, you may wander around and look at other project posters. However, do not interrupt or observe other entries as they are being judged. Also, note that a judge or two might chat informally with you about your project but not be assigned to score you. Be sure you have been interviewed by assigned judges before you leave your poster board. If youíre not sure when talking with a judge if youíre being scored, simply ask them if this is a judging interview or just an informal chat. Some judges just canít help discussing an interesting looking topic they run across. The number of judging interviews per entry will be announced when the judging begins. 

 

About the poster board: The poster board is your main and perhaps only prop. It should show an observer what your project is about, what question(s) you are trying to answer, what data you are working with, and present statistical results using statistical graphics as appropriate. One way to lay out your material on the 3-section poster board is to have the title of your project at the top of the center section above your main results. A side panel could provide details of your data collection and samples of your data if it is too large to display in its entirety. Another side panel could display background information on the subject. The poster board is not the only thing being judged although it will contribute to your overall score.

 

What do judges look for in a project?

The main areas a project is evaluated on include the following: (1) the research question: a project should seek to answer some well posed question under well considered assumptions; (2) the design of the experiment: the design should be appropriate for the research question; (3) gathering and validating data: students should have developed significant understanding of the data they gathered for the project; (4) analysis of the data: students should show understanding of the methodology used and its appropriateness; (5) communication of results: both the poster board and the interviews will be considered in determining how well the students understood their work. 

 

For more information contact the PosterComp Chairman at lekucera@cox.net