Stu­dents to take part in cen­sus

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Kiwi kids are be­ing en­cour­aged to take an in­ter­est in statis­tics with an on­line cen­sus kick­ing off at schools around the na­tion 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, which 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.

‘‘A good way to en­gage stu­dents in math­e­mat­ics and statis­tics is to start from a place that’s fa­mil­iar to them,’’ Ms Cun­liffe says.

‘‘Stu­dents love tak­ing part in the ac­tiv­i­ties and then, in class with their teach­ers, be­com­ing ‘data de­tec­tives’ to see what sto­ries are in the re­sults – not just in their own class­room but around the coun­try.’’

The cen­sus is part of an in­ter­na­tional ef­fort to boost sta­tis­ti­cal ca­pac­ity among young peo­ple, be­ing car­ried out in Aus­tralia, the United King­dom, Canada, Ja­pan, South Africa and the United States.

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