Project Description

School of the Arts Probability and Statistics students took a field trip to downtown Hamilton on August 20th. They were met by members of Hamilton’s Economic Development Department and were given information about the efforts to make Hamilton a better community for living and for commerce. They then took the student groups on walking tours of Hamilton so they could see current improvements and to scope out spots ripe for development. Later, back at school, they came up with business ideas they felt would fit a need in Hamilton. In small groups leveraged their statistic learning by surveying potential customers, researching locations and start up costs, projecting revenues and profits and presented their ideas to their class on September 11. The top three pitches were selected to present to the City of Hamilton’s City Council at a council meeting on October 9th. Students presented 3 unique approaches to new restaurants in Hamilton to an enthusiastic City Council and a full house of spectators.

Goals

The goal of the project is to make probability and statistics come alive and for students to make the connections between their classroom experience and the real world.

Culture– Students toured Hamilton, met business owners, residents and officials to gain cultural context.

Content– students had to create analytics, research statistics, make projections based in probability and statistics and use their math skills to develop a business proposal around viability of their business.

Social/Emotional– Students were constantly reflection and shifting their information and focus of their business. they shared their nerves and struggles in presenting to the class and in from of so many strangers at the city council meeting.

Metacognition– Students had to address their personal misconceptions around wants vs needs for the Hamilton community. They had to process the results of their surveys to determine viability and need.

"This was a truly impactful project. Students made a connection to the Hamilton community and developed business plans with creative flair and intentional care as to what would most positively impact the community."
— Katie Powers, teacher

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