10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C222


Reasoning with games of chance: statistics for play


Joy Yang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Joseph Elsherbini (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)


Joy Yang (United States)


We present a case study of a best attempt at creating a fun and approachable after school statistics curriculum for grades 7-12. Our goal was to use interactive games to provide intuition into a broad range of problems that can be tackled with statistical thinking, as opposed to teaching a comprehensive statistics immersion program. For example, we reviewed distributions by carrying out Fisher's hypergeometric taste testing experiment; introduced game theory by holding an iterated prisoners' dilemma tournament; and "because danger only comes from mathematical optimizing when the results are taken too seriously" (Tukey), ended with correlation/causation critical thinking puzzles. Additionally, we will discuss lessons learned from attempting to synthesize many activity based learning and context-driven statistical education tools that have arisen from conferences such as ICOTS.