National competitions launched in January
In January 2019, National Statistical Institutes, in close collaboration with Ministries of Education and non-governmental organisations, reached out to high schools across their countries to take part in this year's European Statistics Competition. Over 12 000 students between the ages of 14 and 18 signed up to solve mathematical problems or to conduct and interpret statistical analyses using official data. The best two teams per age group (14-16 and 16-18) from 15 countries go forward to the European competition as national champions.
What does the European competition involve?
On the European stage, the national champions will go head-to-head against each other as they strive to take the grand prize back to their home country. Their task is to make a two-minute video on a statistical topic, which will be assessed by a jury of European experts. Last year, the topic was 'Why do European statistics matter in our society today?' which resulted in some extremely entertaining contributions.
This year’s topic has been announced today and is 'Europe reflected in statistics'.
By referencing appropriate statistics, contestants will have to demonstrate how their country or region compares with its European counterparts, highlighting interesting characteristics in relation to the European average.
More than 60 submissions are expected from the national teams by the middle of May and the award ceremony will take place in Eurostat on 11 June 2019.
For more information: ESC 2019 website.