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Use Statistics to Recognize Native American Heritage, STEM, and Thanksgiving Day!

Use Statistics to Recognize Native American Heritage, STEM, and Thanksgiving Day!

There’s a lot to celebrate this month from Native American heritage and National STEM Day to Thanksgiving. Statistics in Schools activities are a great way to commemorate these special occasions with students! Use them to explore things like the median age of the American Indians and Alaska Native (AIAN) population, characteristics of STEM-related jobs, states that raise the most turkeys, and more. 

Honoring American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage in the Classroom

Did you know the AIAN population in the U.S. is around 7.1 million? Share our American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Fun Facts handout with students to teach them more about this population group such as the number of AIAN-owned businesses and largest tribal groupings. Our free teaching guide includes cool activities you can do with students of all grades using the facts listed in the handout.  

Celebrating National STEM Day With Statistics

Are your students considering a STEM career? Recent census data show that STEM workers who majored in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field in college typically earned more: $101,100 vs. $87,600 annually. Have fun exploring other dynamic relationships between college majors and jobs with our new warm-up activity, From College to Jobs: Pathways in STEM. For this activity, students use an interactive data visualization tool to analyze demographic characteristics and educational attainment of STEM-related and non-STEM workers. 

Showing Gratitude With a Bountiful Harvest

Did you know that Minnesota raised more turkeys than any other state this year? What were the other top turkey-producing states? Find out in our Thanksgiving Fun Facts handout, which also reveals other cool stats like places with turkey in their names and the number of U.S. grocery stores and markets selling all the yummy fare we eat during this traditional American celebration. Check out our free teaching guide for activities you can do with students using these meaty nuggets of info. 

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