Learning is essentially hard; it happens best when one is deeply engaged in hard and challenging activities
– Papert 1998
While games are engaging, the the primary reasons we use these labs are that they allow students to develop their own research questions, use their own unique data to make decisions, and then tie their conclusions to actual research. These researchlike experiences are great motivators in encouraging students to see statistics as more than a collection of facts and mathematical calculations. We hope to excite the power of innovation and creativity that occurs within realworld statistics problems.




Description 
Tangrams

Hypothesis Testing
·
(Ztest
or 1sample ttest)
·
2sample
ttests
(or ANOVA) 

Tangrams are puzzles in which a person is expected to place geometrically shaped pieces into a particular design. The online game provides students the opportunity to design many versions of the original game in order to test which variables have the largest effect on task completion. 
TigerSTAT

Data Collection, Simple Linear Regression, and Transformations 
Ecology
Biology 
This is a three dimensional online game students use the online TigerSTAT game to collect data and explore models for estimating the age of a Siberian tiger. In this game, students act as researchers on a national preserve where they are expected to catch tigers, collect data, analyze their data (using the simple linear regression on transformed data), and draw appropriate conclusions. 
TigerSAMPLING

Similar to TigerSTAT, but includes issues dealing with sampling bias. 
Ecology
Biology 
This is a three dimensional online game students use the online TigerSAMPLING game to collect data and explore models for estimating the age of a Siberian tiger.
This game includes an additional feature where data can be collected in six distinct regions. These regions can create bias within the datasets. 
Statistically Grounded 
Understanding pvalues
Introduction to Interactions
Full factorial designs to optimize sales/profits. 
Business
Marketing

Students design a study to determine whether factors such as location, time of day, price, type of music, or some combination of these influence sales in a coffee truck buisiness. 
Memorathon

Hypothesis Testing
·
(Ztest
or 1sample ttest)
·
2sample
ttests
(or ANOVA)
·
Research
Project

Psychology
(Serial RecallWhat Influences Memory)

An online in which you are expected to repeat a sequence of buttons. Each time you successfully repeat the given sequence of buttons, the sequence gets longer. The challenge is to remember as long a sequence as possible. Students have the opportunity to design multiple versions of the this game in order to test which variables have the largest effect on memory. 
Shapesplosion

Hypothesis Testing
·
(Ztest
or 1sample ttest)
·
2sample
ttests
(or ANOVA)
·
Research
Project
Simple Linear Regression 
Psychology
(Distracters in task
completion)

An online game in which you are expected to place specifically shaped pegs into the appropriate holes within a short time period. In the project, students are asked to use this game to design an experiment, collect and analyze data. This game is specifically designed so that students have the opportunity to develop and test their own unique research question.

Fish Pond

CaptureRecapture to Estimate Population Size
Modeling Population Growth over Time 
Ecology 
The Fish Pond Game introduces simple capturerecapture techniques to estimate population size. This game asks the players to design their own sampling strategy in order to get the best population estimate.

Epidemic

Under Construction!!
This game doesn't require student handouts. But optional materials on proportions and conditional probability are available. 
Epidemiology 
Many students in a local elementary school are demonstrating flulike systems. Can you treat the disease before it spreads throughout the city? Simultaneously try to control costs and the number of sick children in order to determine an effective disease control strategy. 

multiple regression. 
Economics

A multiday introduction to multiple regression that asks students to predict the retail price of used General Motor cars. This activity is currently available in Chapter 3 of Practicing Statistics 
Cash for Condoms: 
Multiple Regression 
Econometrics 
Population control and economic growth in third world countries. This activity is currently available in Chapter 3 of Practicing Statistics 




Seed Germination 
Design of Experiments 
Ecology

Plant ecologists and physiologists have identified some plant species that respond to unusual environmental cues. For example, some kinds of plants have seeds that germinate only after a recent wildfire. In this lab students can look at a variety of environmental variables that stimulate germination in at least some firefollowing species, including temporary high temperature, smoke, charred wood, and specific chemicals found in soils after fire 
Electric Fish 
Categorical Data 
Neurobiology 
Contact Dr. Kuiper for the current lab 
Global Warming Hockey Stick Graph 
Principal Component Analysis 
Environmental Studies 
This activity is currently available in Chapter 10 of Practicing Statistics 
Multivariate Data Visualization in R 



Examples of Flipped Activities 



HIV and Intravenous Drug Use 
Survival Analysis 
Medicine 
Under Construction! 
Building a Better Cup 
Response Surface Methodology/Optimization 
Engineering 
Under Construction! 



