The STATWARS® vision is to provide a classroom project that delivers meaningful and engaging mathematics, numeracy and data literacy to pupils, by bringing the enchantment of the entertainment industry to their doorstep. STATWARS® allows pupils to make rich cross curricular connections between mathematics, the world of work and their own learning, as they work through a topic that is meaningful, relevant and contemporary. Pupils work in teams to analyse a large dataset of TV shows or films, then develop a data driven concept for what they believe would be a successful future production! They will then produce an infographic poster, an advertisement poster and a 60-sec pitch to support their idea. The competition’s structure encourages pupils to apply mathematics not just creatively, but logically, to collect, analyse and present data, whilst drawing on their own personal experiences of what makes great entertainment! The nature of the project therefore encourages teamwork, leadership, curiosity, critical thinking and resilience, as teams are asked to consider indeterminate problems and develop data driven hypothesise. Teachers are provided with whole-class differentiated resources, alongside videos from industry professionals to ensure a real-world, careers driven context is provided for pupils. Teachers can request visits, or internet calls from data professionals to help support the project in school and answer the many questions pupils will have!
The competition requires teams of pupils to produce two posters (each, no larger than A2) one advertising the film or TV series, clearly designed to appeal to its demographic audience, and the other to communicate through infographics, the data used to influence the decisions made. Teams will also be required to produce a 60 second film to ‘elevator pitch’ their idea to the judging panel.
Shortlisted teams will be invited to an awards day to talk through their project with the judges and engage in fun data related activities. The next awards event will be hosted in March 2020.