On Friday, January 12th, students in the high school Advanced Placement Statistics class put their calculations to the test with a probability game day. Math teacher Katrina Reeve asked students to design a carnival type of game and to calculate probabilities and expected value of their game. On game day, students, teachers and administrators were invited to play the games and put students’ calculations to the test.
According to Reeve, student learning targets addressed: probability (addition rule, multiplication rule), independent events, mutually exclusive events, expected values, fairness of games, and theoretical vs. experimental probability.
“Where there is fun and engagement, there is learning,” said Reeve. “Besides having fun, and testing their calculations, this end of the semester project was also used as a way to promote the AP Statistics class to prospective students.”