Quick summary: Students will investigate the concept of using photographic 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. This is a STEAM lesson, which adds the Arts to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). To find out more about STEAM and STEM click here.
Learning intentions: Students will…
- … understand the importance of concrete, visual displays to view data.
- … understand how effective artwork can be used to send important messages and instigate change.
- … use a variety of mathematical and scientific skills to design and conduct investigations related to littering in Australia.
- … use a range of statistical tools to collect and manipulate data.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
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.
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.
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.
- Device capable of presenting a website to the class
- Dot Art Example (one per student or equipment to project)
- Examples and Suggestions (teacher copy).
- Resources Required sheet (one per student)
- Transforming Data Worksheet (one copy per student)
Keywords: Data, litter, STEAM, STEM, photography.
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