Eurovision 2015

This is a critical analysis activity using data from the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Students will need to use spreadsheets to manipulate basic data to solve the problems that are posed.

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Overview of task

This is a critical analysis activity using data from the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Students will need to use spreadsheets to manipulate basic data to solve the problems that are posed.

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Mathematical strand

Statistics

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Prior knowledge

Appreciation of basic handling of data is required.

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

  • AQA
  • C&G
  • Eduqas
  • Pearson/Edexcel
  • OCR

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Suggested approaches

Suitable for group or paired work, with plenty of opportunity for collaboration and discussion with the whole class on what is the best method to determine the winning team.

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Resources/documentation

In addition to these teacher notes/guidance there are:

  • Teacher notes
  • Handout with relevant data and questions posed
  • Spreadsheet

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Relevant digital technologies

Use of a spreadsheet is highly recommended.

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Possible extensions

Students use the data to pose their own questions. They could access the full data set. Trends over time or comparisons between selected years.

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Acknowledgement

Developed by the Wilmslow Consortium. E. Mackintosh (Wilmslow High School), R. Edge (Rainhill High School), R. Johnson (Lymm High School). Data taken from www.eurovision.tv