- The Big Splash
Students must develop a business plan for a hypothetical school principal in order to obtain a loan for their project. The overall problem centers on developing this business plan, including the use of a statistical survey to help them decide if Chris's idea would be profitable. Subproblems include using sample data to estimate revenue, optimizing among several options in determining expenses, and meeting constraints that will qualify successful plans for startup funding. With 1 sample, 1 extrapolation to the population, and a straight forward story The Big Splash is the least complex of the Jasper business adventures. As with each episode, students must generate the subproblems, identify relevant data and carry out the calculations to solve this approximately 15 step problem involving basic statistics.
Bridging the Gap
Students learn about statistical concepts and their environment as they look for worthy projects. This episode is for both mathematics and science. It has a census and 4 samples, each using a different sampling method. Students must match volunteer hours needed to hours available for various projects. Depending on the environmental priorities of your students, there are several feasible solutions.
A Capital Idea
A Capital Idea involves a sample within a sample, making the problem more difficult to conceptualize than the other statistics adventures. Subproblems include using sample data to estimate revenue, optimizing among several options in determining expenses, and testing the feasibility of each proposed plan against a variety of constraints. It involves 2 sampling methods and 1 extrapolation to the population. While the calculations are no harder than in the other statistics episodes, the storyline is more complex and the numbers are larger than in The Big Splash. There are several feasible solutions.
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