NEW in 2016
And the winner is....!
2016 winners have been announced! Click here to see them.
The Australian Statistics Conference (Canberra 5-9 Dec, asc2016.com.au) will host a special poster display and awards ceremony where schools may attend, receive awards/certificates, liaise with academics & professionals in the field. Conference fees are waived for schools, teachers, students, families to attend the special session – schools will need to make own arrangements to attend. Further details re specific dates and times to come later in 2016.
To be eligible for the national competition, student projects may be on any topic and can involve teams of 2 to 5 students. Please also review rules at https://www.ssaipostercomp.info/rules.html.
To be eligible for us to consider submitting a poster to the international competition, with which this competition aligns, a project's theme must be "Australia's History" and teams must be 2 to 3 students.
This project-based learning activity involves teams of 2 to 5* school students creating an informative poster presentation based on the collection and interpretation of data towards addressing a practical research question. Participants and interested schools should register and consider the rules, sample projects, additional tips and judging criteria.
Assistants may attend schools to help teachers and students develop their projects and posters - see Support System below. Entry is free and both certificates and prizes are awarded.
The competition was piloted for secondary schools in the Hunter Region in 2014 and expanded nationally in 2015. (Click here for examples of projects and summary results.) In 2016, the national competition expanded to Primary Schools. We hope to continue to bring many valuable and enjoyable hours of learning experience to students and teachers.
Final judging occurs at The University of Newcastle which may annually host a poster display and awards evening. Other venues hosting displays and awards evenings will be identified annually in November. The project is run in conjunction with the International Statistical Literacy Project*.
* Whilst this National Competition welcomes teams of size 2 to 5, for winners to be eligible for the International Competition (which is run once every two years) teams must comprise 2 or 3 students. Further details are provided annually to those registered.
Projects may be based around, but are not limited to, the sciences; for example:
Assistants may be available (if desired by school/teacher) to attend schools and help facilitate projects. These may include:
Each mentor may, for example, attend a school on 3 occasions (1-2hr visit each time) across a 6-week period and supervise several projects.
Project duration and the timing and duration of visits will depend largely on the local teacher and their school's timetable and needs.
^^Please register and advise if you would like to have a mentor visit your school to assist. If you have already registered, please log in and then create or update your plans for this year's competition.
Additionally, CSIRO's Scientist and Mathematicians in Schools program may also be able to help find a mentor (please note on your CSIRO registration that you wish to have a coordinator to assist with the SSA's National Poster Competition).
For specific questions, please e-mail Dr Peter Howley at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone (02) 492 15518.