CensusAtSchool 2013 launches!

Pakuranga MP and Minister of Statistics Maurice Williamson joined Pakuranga College Year 9 maths students on Monday, May 6 as they got stuck into practical data collection on the first day of the biennial, online educational project CensusAtSchool. The data collection included measuring arm spans, recording height and answering questions such as “what allergies do you have?” and “How long does it usually take you to get to school?”

CensusAtSchool co-director Rachel Cunliffe says more than 530 schools, representing 1102 teachers are running CensusAtSchool in their maths and statistics classes until June 15, after which the data is released for classroom analysis. “Students love taking part in the activities and then, in class with their teachers, becoming “data detectives” to see what stories are in the results – and not just in their own classroom, but across the country.”

Photo: Stephen Barker, www.barkerphotography.co.nz. ©The University of Auckland.

Photo: Stephen Barker, www.barkerphotography.co.nz. ©The University of Auckland.

Photo: Stephen Barker, www.barkerphotography.co.nz. ©The University of Auckland.

Photo: Stephen Barker, www.barkerphotography.co.nz. ©The University of Auckland.

Photo: Stephen Barker, www.barkerphotography.co.nz. ©The University of Auckland.

Photo: Stephen Barker, www.barkerphotography.co.nz. ©The University of Auckland.

Campbell Live filmed Maurice Williamson in the classroom as a part of their story.  You can watch the clip here.

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  • This year 9 class really enjoyed taking part in the Census. It was made even more special having the Hon. Minister Maurice Williamson sharing the moment with us. Students get to experience every step of the PPDAC enquiry cycle, and it really helps them ask questions about the validity and accuracy of data in later years. All my classes, from year 9 to year 13 took part, and they all gained knowledge from the experience. Many thanks to Census at School!

  • Sue Berg

    I had a “census at school day”. I set up stations around the classroom using the information and pictures provided in the teachers pack. All my classes from years 10 to year 13 took part in the census. The experiences and ideas the boys gained will be a valuable addition to their toolbox of resources when it comes to writing the internal assessments. The senior boys enjoyed the experience just as much as the juniors. – It was a very relaxing day for me as well once everything was set up. Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of this event.

  • Morag Owen

    Morag Owen
    I too had a ‘census day’ at school with my Year 5/6 class. We had just come back from 3 days at camp so it was a nice way to ease our brains back into action. The children really enjoyed the activities which we completed either as a class for some & as group stations for others. They became better at measuring each other as they progressed from one station to the next. We then entered the data on the computer in our ICT time. This has been a great way to extend our Statistics unit from last term as well as give the children an insight into the reasons why data is collected. Thanks for organising this event.

  • CensusAtSchool

    Fun and educational. It looks like a very productive session. Thank you for posting this, it is always good to see how CensusAtSchool is run in other countries. I only wish we could get an MP, especially a Minister of Statistics, to visit a session in a UK school.