# Statistical Poster Design

Background Information:

This is an annual competition organised by the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability (NUS).
Entries to this national competition are usually submitted in July.

This year, as part of the Mathematics Festival activities, we will be opening this project for submission in Term 2.

Even though the national competition is only open to upper secondary students, lower secondary students are highly encouraged to use this as a stepping stone to hone your statistic skills so you are better prepared for the competition when you reach upper secondary.

What is a Statistical Poster?

Basically, it is a visual display using graphs and charts to present and summarise your data.

How to do a Statistical Poster?

First, you pick a hypothesis or a research topic. Then, you collect data to answer the questions posed. Data collected can be in the form of surveys or readily available data from various websites. Present your data in interesting forms - charts, graphs etc to capture your audience's attention and finally make conclusions about your hypothesis.

Where to find interesting data or topic?
You can choose any topic for constructing your statistical poster. It can be a topic related to a class project, or just about anything that is interesting. Avoid common/popular/past topics that have been used. Definitely NO PLAGIARISM!

Group Size

A maximum of 4 students may work together on this project. If more than 1 student in the group, the group will need to inform me about the individual contributions as well.

Samples of Good Posters

Here are past examples of good posters to give you some ideas:

For more examples of - go to this website and view the past years' winning entries in the National Competition:
http://www.stat.nus.edu.sg/poster.htm

Notice that every statistic provided is tied-in with an explanation. A Good Statistical Poster is about showing how you make use of the statistics to investigate your hypothesis. It is NOT mere "plastering" of Statistics all over with little or no explanation. The reader should be clear on the flow of your poster so organisational skills are important as well.

Websites that provide good resources for statistical data:
1) http://www.oecd.org/home/0,2987,en_2649_201185_1_1_1_1_1,00.html
2) http://sam11.moe.gov.sg/esd/
3) http://www.mom.gov.sg/publish/momportal/en/home.html
4) http://www.singstat.gov.sg/stats/stats.html
5) DASL (Data and Story Library) is an online library of data and stories
A good collection of links to **online data sources**.

Judging Criteria and Rubrics:

You will be judged on 2 categories, namely Research Skills and Presentation & Communication Skills:-

Research Skills
1. Carefully focused research question or questions
2. Appropriate data and analysis used
3. Valid conclusions drawn

Presentation & Communication Skills
4. Overall visual impact of the display for eye-catching appeal and visual attractiveness
5. Clear demonstration of important relationships and patterns and obvious conclusions. The posters should be self-contained and meaningful with minimal explanatory notes.
6. Creativity and neatness

How to Submit?
SOFT COPY in powerpoint or jpeg or pdf format in either Landscape or Portrait Orientation. A4 size is fine.
Email to me (make sure file size < 2MB).
Poster should be on ONE slide and Names of students and References should be on 2nd slide. Reflection(s) and Individual Contributions (only required if group size >1) should be on the 3rd slide.

Every submission to me must be accompanied by a hard copy printout of the Assessment with Students' Names, Title and Date of Submission typed in and signed declaration(s) that the work is original.