Summer SAVY 2019: Session 2, Day 4 – Psychology in Action (Rising 5th/6th)
Today was one of our favorites! Our researchers were on the move with hardly any time to breathe, but it was full of excitement and anticipation.
We hit the ground running and began practicing our data collection procedures for our classexperiments;both of which were based off of actual studies being conducted by Ms. Emily and Mr. Israel in their labs. Our researchers practiced consenting participants, explaining their experiments, and collecting observations just like real research assistants!
Once our teams had a strong grasp on the experiment procedures we had several other SAVY classes come in to be actual participantsin the student’s studies. We were very impressed with how our researchers followed the procedures we set forth seamlessly and worked efficiently to collect their data. Some of our researchers seemed a bit nervous going into the activity, but all that faded away once they got into the data collection zone!
In order to make sense of the data our researchers collected, we spent some time learning about some of the statistical procedures used by developmental psychologists. The class was very enthusiastic about using their math skills to organize, summarize, and interpret the data they collected. Our students learned to conduct statistical procedures as well as graphing techniques to visually represent their data.Once our researchershad some practice, the class took on the challenge of applying these statistical techniques to their very own data sets. Their data summaries and graphs will make fine additions to their posters.
Tomorrow our researchers will prepare for a poster session in which visitors (you the parents) will get to learn about the class experiments, results, and conclusions!
Mr. Israel and Ms. Emily