Students to take part in census
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.