Summer SAVY 2019: Session 3, Day 4 – Data Discoverers (Rising 1st/2nd)
Today we worked on designing our very own research project. The students had to come up with a question that would allow them to collect data from 2 different student groups. We designed surveys to collect the information. We talked about whether the surveys should be open-ended or give choices. The students did a great job thinking about the pros and cons of each and how their results might differ. We can’t wait to share our results with you tomorrow at open house! This culminating project helps us apply all that we have learned about the research process in class. Tomorrow we will spend time analyzing our data and reporting our findings to others. We even have some data from earlier in the week that we can compare.
One of our big questions has been why do the survey answers change. For example, many of the surveys ask about favorite fruit or favorite candy. Sometimes, the data changes based on the choices, but sometimes the data is very different even accounting for the different choices. We will continue to think about this as we look at all the data from the week.
One of our favorite things from the day was collaborating with the Psychology of the Mind class. We participated in their psychology experiments and helped them gather data. They answered our surveys and helped us gather data too. We participated in different experiments led by the students in the psychology class. We enjoyed helping out other researchers, and the other class agreed to fill out our surveys. It was a great way to collaborate!