Cyprus ranks second in the European Statistics Competition

Cyprus ranked second in the senior age group of the European Statistics Competition.

A press release from the Cyprus Statistical Service said the initiative aims to promote awareness of sound statistics in an age of fake news. It does so by promoting statistical literacy and curiosity among students, while encouraging teachers to use new educational materials based on official statistics.

The first European Statistics Competition was launched in 2017 with over 11 000 students aged 14-18 taking part. They had to solve statistical problems, search for data and produce statistical analyses. The top 180 students qualified to represent their countries in the final European round. This required them to produce two-minute videos on why official statistics matter in societies today.

The winners of the 14-16 age group are Team Pakila9D (Finland) first place, Team JML (Slovenia) finishing in second place, while third place goes to team Moc_zbioru (Poland).

The winners of the 16-18 age group are team toivasnik (Finland) first, a close second goes to team Hypothesis (Cyprus), while team Leonardo (Italy) finishes strongly in third place. In both videos, the transposition of theory into practice astounded the jury, which was impressed by the content and level of creativity.

The two winning teams will be invited to the Q2018 conference in Krakow on 26 June, where they will receive their award from Mariana Kotzeva, Director-General of Eurostat.

Source: Cyprus News Agency