John Hooper Statistics Prize 2014

John Hooper Statistics Prize 2014

The John Hooper Statistics Poster Competition is run each year by the Central Statistics Office. The goal of the competition is to improve students’ abilities to describe their environment with the help of statistics and to use statistics as a tool for making sense of daily life. The skills gained by the students during the competition will also enhance their comprehension of the statistics on the junior and leaving certificate courses. Furthermore, participation in the competition develops students’  leadership skills and provides invaluable experience in working as part of a team.

There are currently 5 groups from St. Brendan’s taking part in this competition. Third year students Donal O’Sullivan and Michael Potts are investigating if people can distinguish between diet drinks and regular drinks. Mark O’Shea and William Courtney are testing the hypothesis that the colours of drinks/foods influence our choices when we are buying such products. Eoin Daly and Thomas Counihan are compiling their research on astronomy and space.

Fifth year students participating in this worthwhile competition include Ethan McGrath and Sam Donnelly who are investigating the problems surrounding substance abuse for young people. The final team are Michael O’Keefe and Conor Teahan who are researching young people’s attitudes to relationships.

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