Science and Tech Trek Activity 8b:
Math (Part Two)
Activity Objective: Girls practice
basic survey skills.
Toward Leadership Outcomes:
Through this activity, girls will:
- Gain practical life skills—Girls have increased confidence in their
ability to succeed in math and science. (Discover)
- Feel connected to their communities—Girls feel that they are part of
a larger community and recognize the importance of building diverse,
supportive, social networks for their personal and leadership development. (Connect)
- 2 min. Introduction (Talking Points)
- 30 min. Making
- 10 min. Connecting the Dots
- 5-10 min. Reflection/Discussion
- Paper (or journals) and pens or pencils (enough for each girl)
- Graph paper and colored pencils or markers (enough for each girl)
- Tape (optional)
- Large pad and marker (or chalkboard)
- Read over the entire activity before meeting with girls.
» Introduction (Talking Points) (2 minutes)
- Say something like this: "Today we are going to tally up the findings
or record the data from our survey."
» Making Sense (30 minutes)
- Distribute graph paper and colored pencils or markers.
- As a group, go through the following steps (writing the answers on
the large pad):
- Tally the information. Solicit results to the question or questions
from girls. Encourage a girl or girls to lead this process
and/or record results.
- Discuss various ways to visually display the results in picture
form (such as a "pie" or circle chart or graph)
- Separate the girls into pairs and ask each pair to design its
own chart or graph. Tell girls they have about seven or eight minutes
for this activity.
- Put charts and graphs on the wall (or on the table) and have girls
review each other's work. (For example, what is your favorite pizza
- Ask girls: "Now that we have the results from our survey, what kinds
of things can we do with the data? If we had a business of our own, how
could we apply the results?"
» Connecting the Dots (10 minutes)
- Say something like this: "We can connect the dots between thinking about
starting a business that provides a product or service to others and using
our survey skills. Before our next club meeting, each girl should survey
at least five people and ask each of them, 'What service or product do
you think is missing from our school community? Or what product or service
would make our school better?'"
- Distribute paper and pens or pencils.
- Ask girls to write the above survey questions on paper or in their
- Instruct girls to record the answers to their questions on paper
or in their journals.
» Reflection/Discussion (10 minutes)
- "Now think of our community outside of school. What area or areas
of our community could use some help? What kind of help do you
think they could benefit from? Could we provide that service or