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Winners of the 2015 National Secondary Schools Statistical Literacy Poster Competition Announced

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The wait is over for schools who participated in the 2015 National Secondary Schools Statistical Literacy Poster Competition, with results and honourable mentions released today.

235 students participated in the 2015 event, with involvement from Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and the ACT. In total, 76 posters were submitted, which communicated students’ data-based investigations.

With the success of the initiative, 2016 will see the competition expand and include primary schools.

The competition will grow with the support of the UON’s Priority Research Centre CARMA and the Inspiring Mathematics and Science in Teacher Education Project, as well as a 2016 HEPP NPP grant with UON Senior Lecturer in Statistics, Dr Peter Howley as lead investigator.

Dr Howley developed and coordinates the competition within his role as Chair of Statistics Education for the Statistical Society of Australia. The SSAI Poster Competition encourages teams of two to five secondary school students to develop, implement and creatively report upon an investigation. The investigation should be aimed at addressing a practical research question on a topic of interest to them, based on the collection and interpretation of data.

Congratulations to all involved!


DivisionSchool (Teacher)StudentsProject Title
Years 7-8Mansfield State High, QLD
(Kylie Agnew)

Hiruni Dharmasena
Deana Benko

The Hours of Sleep Mystery
Years 9-10The Hutchins School, TAS
(Peter Crofts)*
Jack Gartlan 
Samuel King
Harrison Wink
Lambert Park Ecosystem Investigation
 Mentone Girls’ Grammar, VIC
(Elham Heidari Beni)*
Natasha Fisher
Michelle Fisher
Cost effective wind turbines

* Joint winners in Year 9-10 division

Honourable Mentions

DivisionSchool (Teacher)StudentsProject Title
Years 7-8All Saints Boys College, NSW
(Katrina Brubacher)
Ruby John 
Adrian Arena 
Brandon Alves
Emily Hoang
Which Substance Best Preserves an Apple?
Years 9-10Mentone Girls’ Grammar, VIC
(Elham Heidari Beni)
Sarah Avery
Elizabeth Earney
Producing energy with the least expense
 Lisarow High, NSW
(Ben Surwald)
Olivia Young
Rhiannon Mobbs-Keegan
The Longevity of Plums
 Lisarow High, NSW
(Ben Surwald)
Charlotte Salter 
Alison Portelli
Jasmine Johstone
Gluten Content of Flour
 The Hutchins School, TAS
(Peter Crofts)
Fergus Charles 
Kenneth King 
Sebastian Robinson
Liam Usoalii
Lambert Park (Under the Surface)
Years 11-12Hunter School of the Performing Arts, NSW
(Cassandra Portelli)
Kristen Bintley 
Charles Lowe 
Shannon Groves
Jayden Castle
The Enthusiasm of students toward this poster project
 Hunter School of the Performing Arts, NSW
(Cassandra Portelli)
Emogen Mahony
Chelsea Rothery
Aldi versus Woolworths
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