The aim of STATWARS® is to help young people develop their data literacy and critical thinking skills by using data to create their own film or TV series concept.
The aim is to provide a classroom project that engages every pupil with data skills by bringing the enchantment of the entertainment industry to their doorstep!
Pupils work in teams to analyse a large dataset of TV series and films to produce an infographic poster, an advertisement poster and a 60-sec pitch video. The competition’s structure encourages pupils to use their own creative spin and personal experiences to find meaning in, interpret and present the data.
Teachers are provided with whole-class 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.