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Data Crunchers

Division: A- Elementary

NC Essential Standards Alignment: Science as Inquiry, Measurement and Data unifying concept from Common Core

Event Rules: Data Crunchers Rules 2022

Event Score Sheet: None

Clarifications: None


Data Science is an important part of an engineer or scientist’s ability to understand the world around them. Teams should be able to create and interpret data tables, bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts, and pictographs and perform simple experiments to collect data, graph their results and make predictions.


Teams must bring a writing utensil.

Event leaders will provide the question and response sheet, and all materials necessary to complete the event.


High score wins. Predetermined questions/stations will be used to break ties.

Common Mistakes:



Interpret graphs often, any time you can find or make them.  What information can we get from different kinds of graphs?  Math is all around us!

Fast Facts:


Event Resources:

Nearpod Data Crunchers Test
Nearpod Data Crunchers Test Answers

2019 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2020 rules)

2019 Data Crunchers Test
Data Crunchers 2018 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2019 Rules)
2018 Data Crunchers Test (the rules have changed significantly for Data Crunchers for 2019, this is not the best representation of material that will be covered).
Understanding Distributions of Data
Accuracy and Precision 
NY Times: What’s going on in this graph? – Different types of graphs are shown to help students critically think about statistics and what is going on in all these graphs.
Stats 101: Toolkit – Studying real-world problems that show statistics in action.
Statistics Education Web (STEW) – Statistics Lesson Plans
Census at School – Students use statistical problem-solving using their own data to analyze results.
Common Core Statistics and Probability Resources – Resources that explain the topics of statistics and probability.
This is Statistics – Why study statistics?
The World of Statistics
The American Statistics Association – More resources used in classrooms and around the globe, explaining more about the world of statistics.
2017 Coaches Clinic Presentation (with Work It Out and Science Password)
Example Stations from 2014 Institute
I Teach Bio – List of skill-building activities for metric measurement, graphing, data, and more
Math Goodies – Bar graph practice
The Science Spot – Lesson plans on length, volume, density, etc.
Estimation practice game
How to use a micrometer
2016 Data Crunchers test and answer key
2012 Coaches Institute Presentation (2013 rules for similar event, Measurement Mania)
Sample Event (Station Test from Measurement Mania 2010)