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

Box Plot Match

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Match the cumulative frequency curves with their corresponding box plots.

Estimating Time

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

What's the Weather Like?

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

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?

What's in a Name?

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Here's a very elementary code that requires young children to read a table, and look for similarities and differences.

Going for Gold

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Looking at the 2012 Olympic Medal table, can you see how the data is organised? Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?

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.

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?

The Domesday Project

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Take a look at these data collected by children in 1986 as part of the Domesday Project. What do they tell you? What do you think about the way they are presented?

Birdwatch

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Have a look at this data from the RSPB 2011 Birdwatch. What can you say about the data?

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?

Olympic Records

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?

Who's the Best?

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?

The Car That Passes

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

What statements can you make about the car that passes the school gates at 11am on Monday? How will you come up with statements and test your ideas?

In the Playground

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?

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.

Match the Matches

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Decide which charts and graphs represent the number of goals two football teams scored in fifteen matches.

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?

Sleep: the Silent Killer

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

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

A Population Survey

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

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

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?

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.

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?

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.

Risk and Crime

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Are you at risk of being a victim of crime? How does your perception of that risk compare with the facts and figures?

Journey to School

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

How risky is your journey to school?

Being Resilient - Primary Statistics

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Statistics problems at primary level that may require resilience.

Being Resourceful - Primary Statistics

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Statistics problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

Being Collaborative - Primary Statistics

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Statistics problems for primary learners to work on with others.

Being Curious - Primary Statistics

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Statistics problems for inquiring primary learners.

Guess the Houses for Two

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Guess the Houses game for an adult and child. Can you work out which house your partner has chosen by asking good questions?

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.

Investigating Epidemics

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.

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?

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?

Avalanche!

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Investigate how avalanches occur and how they can be controlled

David and Goliath

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?

What Does Random Look Like?

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Engage in a little mathematical detective work to see if you can spot the fakes.

Guess the Houses

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

This task depends on learners sharing reasoning, listening to opinions, reflecting and pulling ideas together.

Understanding Hypotheses

Age 14 to 18

This article explores the process of making and testing hypotheses.

Coin Toss Checker

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you make a set of random data which will fool the computer?

Birds in the Garden

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

This activity asks you to collect information about the birds you see in the garden. Are there patterns in the data or do the birds seem to visit randomly?

Three Spinners

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?

Data Matching

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

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

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.

Meaningful Statistics

Age 5 to 11

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

Gr8 Coach

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you coach your rowing eight to win?

Tree Tops

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you make sense of information about trees in order to maximise the profits of a forestry company?

Not Necessarily in That Order

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Baker, Cooper, Jones and Smith are four people whose occupations are teacher, welder, mechanic and programmer, but not necessarily in that order. What is each person’s occupation?

Winning Team

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Nine cross country runners compete in a team competition in which there are three matches. If you were a judge how would you decide who would win?