Resources tagged with: Collecting data

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There are 24 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Collecting data, you may find related items under Handling, Processing and Representing Data.

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

Estimating Time

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

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?

The Hair Colour Game

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

The class were playing a maths game using interlocking cubes. Can you help them record what happened?

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.

Real Statistics

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Have a look at this table of how children travel to school. How does it compare with children in your class?

Three Ball Line Up

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

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?

A Well-stirred Sample

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Typical survey sample sizes are about 1000 people. Why is this?

A Population Survey

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

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

The Surveyor Who Came to Tea

Age 14 to 18

This article discusses how a survey company carries out its surveys and some of the issues involved.

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.


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.

Bird Watch

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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

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.


Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Investigate how avalanches occur and how they can be controlled

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?

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.

Compare the Squares

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

In this problem you will do your own poll to find out whether your friends think two squares on a board are the same colour or not.

Two and One

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that Terry wins when the middle ball is red?

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.

Inspector Morse

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

You may like to read the article on Morse code before attempting this question. Morse's letter analysis was done over 150 years ago, so might there be a better allocation of symbols today?