Statistics is a popular major in college, as it is a degree in mathematics that can translate to a number of careers. Even if it is not your major or minor, projects in statistics can be both educational and entertaining, as they use math and, sometimes, a bit of science to come to conclusions about society.
Sports Statistics Project
Sports are popular at most colleges and some of them generate a large amount of revenue for the school. A wide variety of statistics projects can be done for sports at the school. For example, a project could determine if the college's baseball or football teams were statistically better playing during the evening or during the day. Based on the results, this could lead to the conclusion that the daylight or the darkness positively or negatively affect success. You can look at factors such as points scored, runs allowed, yards allowed or gained, and other individual statistics..
Seasonal Grade Statistics Projects
Another statistics project can measure students' average grades from semester to semester, based on what season it is. Seasons play into how we act and react as people, so there may be evidence of this in grades, as well. For example, grades may be better in the colder months, as students are forced to stay indoors, and to study, due to inclement weather. In warmer months, students may have statistically worse grades, due to nice weather drawing them outside and away from their studies. This can even be done on a smaller scale by looking at rainstorms or holiday weekends.
Jobs versus No Jobs
Another interesting statistics project would be to chart college students who have part-time jobs and students who don't have part-time jobs on top of their school work. Who, on average, has better grades? The college student who has a part-time job may be more distracted or tired from working and not able to concentrate on classwork and tests. Or, perhaps students who don't have anything to do but school work will end up distracting themselves, because they lack the structure and time-management skills that a job provides.
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