# Day 171: Infographics Project Starting

I am soooooo excited.  Today my AP Stats students start their end-of-year project.  I just love to see how everything comes together for them.  Every year I try a new medium in which they complete the project and as I posted earlier, this year students will present their results in an infographic.

I spent some time with a social studies colleague of mine who did infographics with her freshman.  She shared some best practices she gained when doing the project with her students.  One of the key shares was that she had her students use Piktochart as the free medium for actually creating the infographic.

It is easy to use, entering or importing data is easy, there are pre-made templates and once the infographic is complete, it can be made into a slideshow presentation so my students don’t need to create a powerpoint to present their findings.

As part of the set-up I had two basic guidelines:

For the first part of your application project, your pair will describe a particular problem that can be addressed through the primary statistical techniques we are studying this year—namely, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, and linear regression.

• Determine an intellectually Interesting Question and at least 5 supporting questions
• Identify the population of interest, needed sample size, etc.
• Design an unbiased survey/method to collect data that answers your question
• Collect the data (you will hand in the raw data collected)
• Analyze question using statistical inference

And then:

Creating the Infographic

You should use appropriate data visualizations and other visual elements (colors, shapes, lines, typography, whitespace, and so on) in ways that enhance your infographic’s potential for communicating your work on the project. Your infographic can be any size or shape, but it must be of sufficient resolution to display well on the course blog.  Your infographic should be designed so as to make sense to a fellow student in an AP Statistics course.  Thus, you may assume that your audience is familiar with the material we have covered together as a class this year.

• Keep in mind that the central idea of the study should be prominent feature of the poster.
• Infographic Title should be informative
• Use statistical principles studied in this course: data displays, numerical analysis, inference and decisions (interpret p-value)
• Reveal data at several levels of detail, from a broad overview (at a distance) to the fine structure (closer inspection reveals more intricate information).
• Use supporting questions to guide how to display various aspects of your data to convince audience
• Graphic’s legend should clearly match to the graph
• Results of inference for main question as culminating evidence: connects statistical results to the context of the problem.
• Harmonious and strategic use of color and design elements. No trivial or extraneous information, etc.

I am using  to collect information from the students about their partner choices, their main and supporting questions, hypotheses, data collection methods, etc.  More to come in the following days!