In groups of three students will research, analyze and report their findings regarding population, income, and demographics for three areas of the United States (East, Midwest and West). This webquest will focus on statistical data which represents population diversity across the United States.
Your groups task is to research data regarding three areas of the United States (East, Midwest, West). Your group will research data regarding population, income and diversity in each of these areas of the U.S. Once all of the research is done your group will analyze the statistical data and report your findings in presentation and poster board.
Congratulations! You and your fellow group members are starting up a business! You have all the things done to start your business, the only thing left is to decide where you want to put it. Because your business is going to be so big you and your group must decide which one of the three sections of the United States it should go in, East, Midwest or West. Because there are three sections and three people in your group each member will research one section. You will research five states in your section and report data that will be helpful in making your decision about where to put your business. Your group will then compare data and determine where the best place to put your business is. Bellow are the steps your group should take to complete this project.
1.) Divide your group up and decide which section of the U.S. you will be researching
East- The east section of the U.S. includes all of the states east of (and including) Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
Midwest- The midwest section of the U.S. includes Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
West- The West section of the U.S. includes all of the states west of (and including) Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Hawaii and Alaska are also included in the West.
2.) Choose five states from your section of the United States that you would like to research. (For example if you are doing the Midwest you could chose: Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Arkansas). These states will provide you with your sample data for your section of the U.S. What you discover about these five states will represent that whole section of the U.S.
3.) Research the Population, Average income, and Racial make up of those five states
using the following website to get your data.
Every ten years the United States conducts a massive survey called the census. In this survey the United States obtains information regarding population, income, diversity and many other things. Then the United States Posts all of that information here at the website listed above. It is your task to navigate this website to find the information described above. To do this click the drop down box titled select a state and select the state you are working on. From there click the different links to find the information you require.
4.) Calculate the Average population and average income for your area. To calculate the average follow the instructions on the following website:
This is a quick article on how to calculate the averages of your data.
5.) Calculate the average population distribution in your area. For example What percentage is White, Hispanic, African American...
6.) Reconvene with your group and compare the data you have all collected. With your analysis of this data your group should be able to decide which of the three sections of the U.S you would put your business in.
7.) Create a poster explaining why you chose the section of the U.S. to put your business in. (Was it based on Income? Population? Diversity?). Be sure to include your statistical data for all three sections of the U.S. on this poster. This data should be in the form of a graph. *Note you will need to make five graphs, One for income, one for population and three pie charts showing the diversity of each section of the united states.
The above website can help you make your graphs. You are not required to use this tool but you may find it helpful.
8.) Present the poster board to the rest of the class. This presentation is a simulation of a major board meeting for a major company. Be prepared to defend your reasoning and answer questions about your poster board.
*Note: the Lesson plan section of this rubric does not apply to this webquest and as such will not be evaluated.
This rubric was created by Victorina Medel from CSULA.
The project you have just completed was an example of what companies hire mathematicians for. It is a common job (and a much needed one) for mathematicians to evaluate and analyze data of all types. In this project the data was population, income and racial makeup but there are several other kinds of data that can be researched and analyzed. Being able to research and analyze data is a very important skill for not only mathematicians but for all professions. The presentation portion of this project simulated a presentation people have to make in real life. Whether if it is a presentation regarding where to put a new business or a presentation regarding a new invention, public speaking is a very important skill to have.
This webquest is designed for you the student to
1.) Gain an understanding of statistics and how it is used in everyday life.
2.) Practice navigating the internet and gaining useful information.
3.) Collaborate with a group to create a well formed presentation.
4.) Practice presentation skills.
5.) Create graphs and develop an understanding of how data is represented in different ways.
This webquest is designed to explore math and its uses in everyday life. Specifically analyzing statistical data.
Learners: This webquest was designed specifically for students who are exploring statistics. grades 8-12.
Standards: ISBE 10.A.4a Represent and organize data by creating lists, charts, tables, frequency distributions, graphs, scatterplots and box- plots.
10.A.5 Construct a statistics-based presentation, individually and as members of a team, to communicate and justify the results of a project.