AP Annual Conference Submission
Simulations can be used in all four strands of AP Statistics - Exploring Data, Sampling and Experimentation, Anticipating Patterns, and Statistical Inference. Although simulations are a topic that must be taught, they are also the key to understanding some very deep and subtle ideas in statistics. This session will feature two different simulations that can be used to teach big ideas in AP Statistics: Smelling Parkinson’s Disease and Show Me the Money. Smelling Parkinson’s Disease can be used on the first day of school or any time thereafter to introduce the idea of significance testing. Show Me the Money uses the top 200 movies of the most recent year to introduce the usefulness and importance of random sampling. Both activities feature real data and offer interesting contexts that are engaging to students.