Great question Nancy!

In general, I identify the level of engagement by the number of questions that students ask about the data set or the results.

1.) This semester, I will use the number of students in attendance at our campus since 2012 by gender to determine whether there is a significant difference between the number of male and females students.

2.) We have looked at the SAT scores for school districts in our state. We used this for linear regression on the verbal and mathematics scores.

3.) We have used the data from one of the ASA's contests on temperatures in Atlanta to see if they have increased over time.

4.) We looked at the salaries of faculty at our institution to see if their was a difference in the salaries of Assistant and Associate professors. (Names were removed, of course.)

5.) We have looked at the grade distributions of faculty members and guess which faculty member we would prefer to take. (Names were removed, of course.)

6.) We have had a project where students collected data on an item from Target and Walmart to see if there are price differences.

7.) We have looked at stats on basketball players and analyzed certain characteristics at certain positions.

8.) We have looked at the best and worst jobs list to see if there was any relationship between the amount of stress and the salary.

9.) We analyze various types of graphs and tables such as the CDC growth charts for children, US Life tables, and the Social Security distributions by age.

10.) We have looked at America's Top High Schools list and looked at the relationship between poverty level and college readiness. We also looked at the prevalence of states and their location in the country.

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Keisha Brown

Associate Professor

Georgia State University Perimeter College - Dunwoody

Dunwoody GA

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Original Message:

Sent: 03-14-2022 22:21:08

From: Nancy Rivers

Subject: IMPACT in Action - Relevant Data to Engage Students

I have found a higher level of student engagement in mathematics when recent data that is relevant to their lives is used. Please, share what data you have used, how it was used, and how you gauged the level of engagement of your students. I'm thinking of brief, big pictures here, not detailed, step-by-step classroom activities. Of course, you can also share appropriate activities in the myAMATYC Library!

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Nancy Rivers

Wake Technical CC

Raleigh NC

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