Fun with Probability!
The Probable Pen in the Cereal Box
(Clicking on the Cereal Box always returns to this page)
- Welcome to the Fun with Probability! Web Site, a cooperative classroom project for
grades K-9. Over a three week period, project participants jointly calculated the
expected value of a simple probability problem via experimentation. The project
occurred between April 24th and May 10th, 1996.
- The project was enjoyed by students from five countries, and 19 of the United States.
Class sizes ranged from 1 (a home school in Pennsylvania) to as many as six
classrooms taught by one teacher. In all, more than 34,300 dice were rolled by 2198
- This project also served as the subject of two papers, one on the relationship of the
project to national education standards, and one about the execution of the project.
You can also see our final results, as well as comments from the participants.
- This project was coordinated by Mike Cornell, a graduate student at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was performed under the guidance of SatEx '96, a
course offered by the College of Education.
- If you are interested in this project, or would like to participate in a similar one in the
future, please send e-mail to the project coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is coordinated by Mike Cornell, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. It is performed under the guidance of SatEx '96, a course offered by the
College of Education.