Statistics Activities: Basketball Shooting

Who scores the most? (Appropriate for ages 10 and above)

There are 3 minutes left in the basketball game and your team is behind by three. As coach, you know who shoots best from where on the court. Chris, the point guard, can shoot well from mid-range. Michael is awesome inside, but the defense is good and it’s hard to penetrate to the basket. Rashad is the best 3 point shooter in the league, but even for the best, 3-point shots are iffy. Who do you tell to take the closing shots?

Visitors will assume the role of coach. They will use statistics to decide who should take the shots. They will then test their choice by playing a card game to learn that statistics give probable outcomes but not exact predictions.