CensusAtSchool to be launched this week, Oct 2005

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CensusAtSchool to be launched this week

A major initiative in online education - CensusAtSchool - will be launched at the Melbourne Museum on Thursday, October 20, at 10.30am.

The CensusAtSchool program, which will involve students from Years 5 to 12, is free, voluntary and open to all Australian schools.

As its name implies, it basically involves students from around the country taking part in their own census.

It has been organised by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in cooperation with state and federal education authorities and is designed to show that the study of statistics can be fun as well as educational.

No individual will be able to be identified in the program and the strictest privacy measures and Internet security will be in place.

CensusAtSchool will be officially launched at the museum by the federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Chris Pearce. The Australian Statistician Dennis Trewin will also speak.

Media personality and comedian Adam Spencer, who has a First Class Honours degree in Pure Mathematics, will be the keynote speaker. His book, Little book of numbers,has been a success both in Australia and overseas.

After the speeches, school students will give a computer demonstration of how CensusAtSchool works.

The ABS expects that the project will lead to improvements in student understanding of statistics and perhaps introduce students to the possibility of a career in statistics.

More information can be obtained from the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au. Click on the link to CensusAtSchool.

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