SMS scnews item created by Leon Poladian at Mon 20 Jul 2015 1512
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National Sec. Schools STATS Poster Comp


Forwarding the following on behalf of Dr Peter Howley, Senior Lecturer, The University
of Newcastle, and Section Chair of The Statistics Education Section of the Statistical
Society of Australia.  

The National Secondary Schools Poster Competition is a fun project-based learning
activity which helps to unleash students’ critical thinking, investigation,
collaboration, communication, reporting and creative skills, and develop their awareness
of how quantitative and scientific skills can help us better understand the world, no
matter the field of interest.  

It involves teams of 2 to 5 secondary school students each creating an informative
poster presentation which addresses a practical research question on a topic of their
own choosing based on the collection and interpretation of data (akin to a conference

· In 2014, project topics included social media and current affair issues, sea life
populations, use of school resources, acoustics, teeth deterioration, factors affecting
concentration, electric bike challenges, effects of salt on boiling point, foot
bacteria…and more! 

· A cross-disciplinary debating team were one of the winning teams, looking at whether
the representations of various ethnic backgrounds on prime-time television
advertisements reflected the population proportions in Australia.  

Please see for competition details and past winners.  

· There are three divisions: Years 7-8; 9-10; 11-12.  

· Registration is FREE (due 10 Sept) and there are PRIZES and CERTIFICATES for teams and

· Please register at or contact me with any queries.  

· Team posters are due by 27 November.  

· Winning posters proceed to the International level of the competition.  

The activity maps to national curriculum and BOS curriculum outcomes for Math, Science,
STEM and other courses.  

The competition is designed to be all-inclusive.  It is about inspiring projects from
all fields towards helping students not only appreciate, retrospectively, how statistics
and statistical thinking is important and ubiquitous, but additionally how disciplines
do not work in isolation from one another but rather rely upon one another – in deed
Statistics needs applications.  Thus the project operates in the spirit of everyone
requiring one another.  Building cross-disciplinary knowledge, interactions and teamwork
is valuable.  




Dr Peter Howley A.Stat.  

Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences/Statistics, 

The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW, Australia 2308.  


p:.+61 2 49 21 5518 f: +61 2 49 21 6898 CRICOS Provider Number: 00109J 

Section Chair of Statistics Education, Statistical Society of Australia Inc.  

Member of Priority Research Centre CARMA (Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its

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