Data analysis for kids

Our village kids are having days off during the Eid ul-Fitr. I decided to use this free time to teach them data analysis in Gnumeric. I wanted to show them that collecting and analysing data can be as exciting as playing games.

So, we had fun. We measured their height, entered it into the spreadsheet, and then created bar plots from these data. Then we measured how far everyone can jump. Then, how long each one plays one session in Tetris.

They liked it, there was a lot of laughter, especially when they saw how clearly graphs showed that someone was much taller or shorter than the others, or jumped farther, or played Tetris better.

Then I showed how to format cells and graphs, and let them to do it themselves. Finally, they prepared “beautiful” analytic reports choosing some crazy combinations of colours and gradients.

Published in: on 01/09/2011 at 10:03  Leave a Comment  

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