Getting to Know the Project: Note to Teachers

Geometry-life-is-just-a-bunch-of-probabilities-b.jpgWelcome to the How Random Is My Life? Project. The project will require three weeks to complete and will address the key CCSS for geometry in the following clusters:
  • Understand independence and conditional probability and use them to interpret data.
  • Use the rules of probability to compute probabilities of compound events in a uniform probability model.
  • Use probability to evaluate outcomes of decisions.

The How Random Is My Life? Project is designed to have students learn the basics of statistics and probability. In teams, students will choose and research an authentic issue in which statistics and probability play large roles in the lives of other teens. Students may choose a topic of interest to them, such as weather-related phenomena or earthquakes in their local area, carnival games, or winning the lottery. Students may also investigate one of four topics provided to them: 

  1. Driving and cell phone use
  2. Diet and health 
  3. Professional athletics
  4. Costs associated with a college education 

After researching the issue, students will be able to identify how probability affects these issues, as well as create a public service message to other teens that recommends the best course for making successful decisions in each area. 

Project-based learning is designed to focus students on solving an open-ended problem and providing a solution to the problem through working in teams. Keeping this perspective in mind will be helpful. The new CCSS stress application and inquiry.

Your goal is to have students learn the fundamentals of geometry, but also to coach them through a process of thinking about geometry.

In addition, this portion of the CCSS has been newly added to 10th grade Traditional Geometry curriculum. Statistics and probability may be unfamiliar to students.