Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students will investigate the concept of using photographic art, or mosaic art, as a type of infographic designed to share statistics with the public and send powerful messages about chosen issues. Students will develop pixel art to represent real data in a similar way to Chris Jordan’s photographic artworks. Your class will also design and lead their own statistical investigation, and share their results through the use of photographic art, pixel art or other media.

Created in partnership with OfficeMax, this STEAM lesson demonstrates how science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics are interrelated. The lesson requires students to draw on and develop skills from all areas to complete their project.

 

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the importance of concrete, visual displays to view data.
  • Students understand how effective artwork can be used to send important messages and instigate change.
  • Students use a variety of mathematical and scientific skills to design and conduct investigations related to littering in Australia.
  • Students use a range of statistical tools to collect and manipulate data.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 7 Maths

  • Identify and investigate issues involving numerical data collected from primary and secondary sources (ACMSP169)
  • Calculate mean, median, mode and range for sets of data. Interpret these statistics in the context of data (ACMSP171)
  • Describe and interpret data displays using median, mean and range (ACMSP172)

Year 8 Maths

  • Investigate techniques for collecting data, including census, sampling and observation (ACMSP284)
  • Explore the practicalities and implications of obtaining data through sampling using a variety of investigative processes (ACMSP206)
  • Investigate the effect of individual data values, including outliers, on the mean and median (ACMSP207)

Years 7 & 8 Visual Arts

  • Experiment with visual arts conventions and techniques, including exploration of techniques used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent a theme, concept or idea in their artwork (ACAVAM118)
  • Develop ways to enhance their intentions as artists through exploration of how artists use materials, techniques, technologies and processes (ACAVAM119)

Syllabus outcomes: VAS4.1, VAS4.3, VAS4.4, VAS4.6.

General capabilities: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability.

Relevant parts of Year 7 Maths achievement standards: Students identify issues involving the collection of continuous data. They describe the relationship between the median and mean in data displays.They calculate mean, mode, median and range for data sets.

Relevant parts of Year 8 Maths achievement standards: Students explain issues related to the collection of data and the effect of outliers on means and medians in that data. 

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students identify and analyse how other artists use visual conventions and viewpoints to communicate ideas and apply this knowledge in their art making. They explain how an artwork is displayed to enhance its meaning.

Topic: STEAM.

Unit of work: STEAM Made Simple – Secondary.

Time required: 150 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – the teacher will need to lead students through new ideas, activities and the class project. For smooth transitions and general running of the lesson, it may be beneficial to pre-arrange certain activities within this lesson and setup materials before class.

Resources required: Transforming Data – Student Worksheet – one copy per student. A device capable of presenting a website to the class. Dot Art Example (one per student or equipment to project). Resources Required sheet (one per student). Examples and Suggestions (teacher copy).

Related Professional Development: STEAM Made Simple

Keywords: Data, litter, STEAM, STEM, photography.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the importance of visual displays to view data.
  • Students understand how effective artwork can be used to send important messages and instigate change.
  • Students use a variety of mathematical and scientific skills to design and conduct investigations related to littering in Australia.
  • Students creatively find ways to display important data.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explain how an image or artwork may be able to communicate data more effectively than a graph.
  • ... use non-traditional methods to effectively display real data.
  • ... use a variety of mathematical and scientific skills to design and perform a statistical investigation related to littering in Australia.
  • ... find creative solutions to real-world problems.

Teacher content information:

STEAM Education

Over recent years, the importance of STEM has been heavily promoted and discussed within fields of education. This has been within the

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