Students in Oak Hill Prep East have spent the summer gathering and analyzing quantitative data, from breakfast cereals to Yelp reviews to supermarket produce. In this inquiry-driven course, the young investigators have been looking at the following assertions:
Assertion 1: "Grocery retailers display the most sugary cereals at the 'kids'-eye' level."
To test this assertion, Prep East students have gathered sugar content data for dozens of breakfast cereals at different shelf heights in a local supermarket. From there, they will let the data show whether or not the most sugary cereals are indeed in the knee-to-chin level "kid zone" at this retailer. As of today, students are still compiling data in spreadsheets and creating boxplots to show medians, quartiles, minima and maxima for their data sets.
Assertion 2: "Grocery retailers only want 'perfect-looking' produce, and discard any produce which doesn't look 'perfect,' leading to food waste."
The class has received weekly deliveries from imperfectproduce.com, hoping to get some really weird specimens. Thanks to Oak Hill teaching assistant Erica Richards, who also subscribes, we finally scored a very strange-looking turnip! We will compare this specimen with others at the market to see whether there is any support for this assertion.
Other projects have included selecting excerpts from Yelp reviews of local restaurants, and then asking staff members and peers to code the statements as "positive" or "negative." Students presented their data in histogram form - see the photo of Max and Gray working on Max's document.
Stay tuned for updates on these projects!