Cen­sus for kids

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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