The European Statistics Competition (ESC) 2021 is on! Secondary school students from 16 countries will compete, first at national and then at European level, in the fourth edition of this statistical literacy contest.
Teamwork to solve statistical problems
The ESC is a school-based competition in which teams of secondary school students compete against each other by solving statistical problems, searching for data and producing statistical analyses. The aim is to promote statistical literacy among students, while encouraging teachers to use new educational materials based on official statistics.
As the competition reflects the different curricula across Europe, it is split into two phases:
- The national phase, during which students compete against their peers in their own country using questions corresponding to their studies; and
- a European phase, where the finalists represent their countries at European level and produce short videos on a statistical topic.
Over 17 000 students from 17 European countries participated last year
In October 2017, Eurostat and 11 countries jointly launched the first European Statistics Competition, which attracted over 11 000 students. For the second edition of the ESC, 12 000 students from 14 countries participated.
Over 17 000 students from 17 countries joined the third edition of the competition, which ran in the school year 2019-2020. Using official statistics, contestants in the European finals had to demonstrate which issues young people in their country or region face. In spite of the extra challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the students produced some really amazing videos. The two winning teams were announced on 7 September.
New edition in 16 countries
The fourth edition of the ESC is now ongoing in 16 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.
Teachers and students from these countries can start building their teams and join the competition.
Please also keep an eye out for the public choice award which will take place in many countries. You will be asked to help choose the best videos!
How to take part
Registration for the national phase is open (soon) in many countries. Please go to the European Statistics Competition homepage at https://esc2021.eu/ for more information.