Summer SAVY 2019: Session 3, Day 4 – Psychology and Experimental Design (Rising 3rd/4th)
Today was one of my favorites! We hit the ground running first thing by practicing our data collection procedures (splitting into groups) for our class experiments. Students practiced consenting participants, explaining their experiments, and collecting observations just like real researchers!
Once our teams had a strong grasp on their experimental procedures, another SAVY class came to be actual participants in the student’s studies. We were very impressed with how our researchers followed the procedures 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.
Tomorrow our researchers will create graphs, draw conclusions, and prepare for a poster session in which visitors (you) will get to learn about the class experiments, results, and conclusions. I can’t wait to see the final products!