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Backpack Project

Backpack Project

Spurred by an orthopedic surgeon's report recommending how much weight a person should carry, teams of fifth and twelfth graders examined student backpack weights in relation to body weights in all three divisions of their school, weighing over 800 students and their backpacks and analyzing the data by gender, grade, and school division, using the Minitab statistics software package. The collaborative study includes rationale, hypotheses (predictions), methods (including explanation of boxplots), statistical results, analysis of the data, interviews (of administrators and nurse), and the student teams' recommendations for a healthy back. The site also offers related links about backpack weight and health concerns, and a "Backpack Rap."


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