Census for kids
Kiwi kids are being encouraged to take an interest in statistics with an online census kicking off at schools around the country next week.
Thousands of students from years 5 to 13 will start answering a host of questions about their lives, including what time they go to bed and what food allergies they have.
More than 466 schools have registered to take part in CensusAtSchool. It begins on the first day of term and ends on June 14.
Co-director Rachel Cunliffe says the 32-question survey aims to raise students’ interest in statistics and provide a picture of what they are thinking, feeling and doing.
‘‘A good way to engage students in mathematics and statistics is to start from a place that’s familiar to them,’’ she says.
The census is part of an international effort to boost statistical capacity among young people, with versions being carried out in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and the United States.