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Broad Topics > Handling, Processing and Representing Data > Processing and representing data

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Estimating Time

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

How well can you estimate 10 seconds? Investigate with our timing tool.

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What's the Weather Like?

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

With access to weather station data, what interesting questions can you investigate?

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Perception Versus Reality

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Infographics are a powerful way of communicating statistical information. Can you come up with your own?

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Picturing the World

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

How can we make sense of national and global statistics involving very large numbers?

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Olympic Triathlon

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Is it the fastest swimmer, the fastest runner or the fastest cyclist who wins the Olympic Triathlon?

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Our Sports

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This problem explores the range of events in a sports day and which ones are the most popular and attract the most entries.

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The Games' Medals

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?

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Which List Is Which?

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Six samples were taken from two distributions but they got muddled up. Can you work out which list is which?

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If the World Were a Village

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

This activity is based on data in the book 'If the World Were a Village'. How will you represent your chosen data for maximum effect?

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Sticky Data

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

You'll need to work in a group on this problem. Use your sticky notes to show the answer to questions such as 'how many girls are there in your group?'.

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Class 5's Names

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Class 5 were looking at the first letter of each of their names. They created different charts to show this information. Can you work out which member of the class was away on that day?

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Who's the Best?

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?

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Reaction Timer

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

This problem offers you two ways to test reactions - use them to investigate your ideas about speeds of reaction.

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Odd One Out

Age 16 to 18 Short Challenge Level:

In this short problem, can you deduce the likely location of the odd ones out in six sets of random numbers?

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Substitution Cipher

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.

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How Big Are Classes 5, 6 and 7?

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Use the two sets of data to find out how many children there are in Classes 5, 6 and 7.

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Ladybird Count

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Some children were playing a game. Make a graph or picture to show how many ladybirds each child had.

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Do You Brush Your Teeth Every Day?

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

How can we find out answers to questions like this if people often lie?

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Sleep: the Silent Killer

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

"Too much sleep is deadly" proclaimed the newspaper headline. Is this true?

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A Population Survey

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

A geographical survey: answer the tiny questionnaire and then analyse all the collected responses...

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One Variable, Two Variable, Three Variable, More

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Displaying one-variable and two-variable data can be straightforward; what about three or more?

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Challenging Data Tasks: the Making of "where Are You Flying?"

Age 16 to 18

How was the data for this problem compiled? A guided tour through the process.

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Where Are You Flying?

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Where do people fly to from London? What is good and bad about these representations?

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Statistics - Maths of Real Life

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

This pilot collection of resources is designed to introduce key statistical ideas and help students to deepen their understanding.

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Being Resilient - Primary Statistics

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Statistics problems at primary level that may require resilience.

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Being Resourceful - Primary Statistics

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Statistics problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

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Being Collaborative - Primary Statistics

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Statistics problems for primary learners to work on with others.

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Being Curious - Primary Statistics

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Statistics problems for inquiring primary learners.

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Terrariums

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Build a mini eco-system, and collect and interpret data on how well the plants grow under different conditions.

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Bird Watch

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Do you know which birds are regular visitors where you live?

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Observing the Sun and the Moon

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.

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Substitution Transposed

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?

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Secondary Cipher Challenge Part 1

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Here is the start of a six-part challenge. Can you get to the end and crack the final message?

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May the Best Person Win

Age 5 to 16

How can people be divided into groups fairly for events in the Paralympics, for school sports days, or for subject sets?

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Charting More Success

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you make sense of the charts and diagrams that are created and used by sports competitors, trainers and statisticians?

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Make Your Own Solar System

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Making a scale model of the solar system

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Charting Success

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you make sense of the charts and diagrams that are created and used by sports competitors, trainers and statisticians?

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Retiring to Paradise

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

When Charlie retires, he's looking forward to the quiet life, whereas Alison wants a busy and exciting retirement. Can you advise them on where they should go?

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Helicopters

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Design and test a paper helicopter. What is the best design?

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Avalanche!

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Investigate how avalanches occur and how they can be controlled

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Bio Graphs

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

What biological growth processes can you fit to these graphs?

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Zin Obelisk

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

In the ancient city of Atlantis a solid rectangular object called a Zin was built in honour of the goddess Tina. Your task is to determine on which day of the week the obelisk was completed.

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Data Matching

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Use your skill and judgement to match the sets of random data.

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Enriching Data Handling

Age 5 to 11

This article for teachers looks at some suggestions taken from the NRICH website that offer a broad view of data and ask some more probing questions about it.

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Meaningful Statistics

Age 5 to 11

This article for teachers describes an activity which encourages meaningful data collection, display and interpretation.

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Gr8 Coach

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you coach your rowing eight to win?

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What Does it Say to You?

Age 5 to 11

Written for teachers, this article discusses mathematical representations and takes, in the second part of the article, examples of reception children's own representations.

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You Never Get a Six

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Charlie thinks that a six comes up less often than the other numbers on the dice. Have a look at the results of the test his class did to see if he was right.

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Dining Ducks

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Use the information about the ducks on a particular farm to find out which of the statements about them must be true.

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Football World Cup Simulation

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.