The team representing Finland from Lyseonpuisto Upper Secondary School, Rovaniemi has won the upper secondary school category in the International Statistical Literacy Competition. The team included Leevi Leppäjärvi, Janne Mustaniemi and Iidaliina Uusitalo. The team from Peltola School in Vantaa, including Mikko Chan and Miko Pustzai, received an honourable mention in the secondary school category. The results were made public at the World Congress of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) in Dublin on 25 August 2011.
A total of 4,793 students worldwide took part in this international competition organised for the second time. The aim of the competition intended for secondary school and upper secondary school students was to improve the abilities of young people in describing their environment with the help of statistics and in using statistics in their everyday life.
In the competition, students were to produce a statistical poster in teamwork under the theme of environment. The winning poster in the upper secondary school category focused on recycling and waste disposal and the poster in the secondary school category dealt with carbon dioxide emissions from private cars.
In the international final the posters were assessed by a jury consisting of statistical experts from different countries. The jury was chaired by Martha Aliaga from the United States.
The posters of the Finnish teams will be on view at a poster exhibition arranged at the Finnish Science Centre Heureka between 14 and 16 October 2011.
Even before this, Finns have been very successful in the International Statistical Literacy Competition. In 2009, Justus Mutanen from Rovaniemi was declared champion in the 17 to 18 age category, and the joint Finnish-Zambian team was the winner of the team competition in the final arranged in Durban in South Africa.
The competition was organised by the International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP) of the International Association of Statistical Education (IASE), which promotes the teaching of statistics and statistical literacy, and operates under the auspices of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). The qualifying round in Finland was organised by Statistics Finland, the Finnish Association of Teachers of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Informatics (MAOL) and the Finnish Statistical Society.
The competition in Finland was sponsored by the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation, Nokia, Economic Information Office, Nordea, Sonera, Elisa, Fiskars and Tallink Silja.
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Last updated 30.8.2011