Bring an authentic sports-based 21st Century Math Project

__to your Algebra, Algebra 2 or PreCalculus classroom with Lines of Best Fit and Correlations! In my opinion, correlations are the most under taught skill in all of high school math! I mean for a student to function in the real world, tell my 5 topics that are more important. Do it!__

Stop watching March Madness on your phone and join the pros |

**Correlation All-Star**

__Name:__**7-12 (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, PreCalculus skills)**

__Suggested Grade Level:__**Scatterplots, Lines of Best Fit, Correlations**

__Math Concepts:__**Sports and Finance**

__Interdisciplinary Connections:__**4-5 Days (can be modified)**

__Teaching Duration:__**$6 for a 42 Page PDF (1 project, 3 assignment and handouts)**

__Cost:__**Correlation All-Star @ TPT**

__PDF Version:__**Students do an in depth statistical analysis around the research question: "Can Money Buy Championships?"**

__The Product:__Come over here and let me tell you about when I saw Ralph Kiner score the winning touchdown to win the Stanley Cup! |

Sports always seems to me to every math teachers go to engaging word problem. If it can be done with sports in it, then they'll like it. I always had a strange perspective on this because I loved sports -- but I knew who many of the people in my classes didn't. I always wondered how they felt during those problems.

What's a football? |

Depending on when you teach lines of best fit, this fits! It could work as an advanced Algebra 1 project (I love teaching regression in Algebra 1) or a warm-up project for Pre-Calculus. Wherever correlation coefficient belongs in your curriculum -- this can go there!

Using data from the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL students investigate correlations to some of sports most common questions like:

"Do more shots result in more goals?"

"Do hitters or pitchers have more impact on a team's wins?"

"What NFL stat is most strongly correlated with wins?"

and the grand-daddy...

"Can money buy championships?"

Those of you who work in small-markets, maybe a little surprised by the results. The assignments in this project, breakdown like this:

Hmm... could I use this type of math when I'm doing research for my capstone project? Oh great question, most definitely! |

- In “Offense or Defense” students will use TI Graphing Calculates to create scatterplots and determine lines of best fit and correlation coefficients using Runs Scored and Runs Allowed MLB data.

- In “Gridiron Challenge” students will look at NFL data to determine which statistics has the strongest correlation with winning.

-- AND FINALLY in “Can Money Buy Championships?” students will look at data from the four major American sports leagues to answer this inquiry question.

EXTENSION: You could encourage students to seek out their own data and figure out a correlation for themselves! You can open it up to the rest of the world of statistics -- poverty vs. education of women, ACT results vs. college GPA -- anything!

It seems around every corner there's a new STEM school popping up and 21st Century Math Project

__s__can help! If this is interesting I've also integrated projects for an Egg Drop, Box Car Derby and Solar Oven.
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