Another easy way for students to collect and make sense of data is for them to graph it. I don’t know about your students, but my students LOVED to graph things. When we first started making graphs, my students couldn’t tell you what any of it meant (stay tuned for next week), but they could crank out one stellar looking bar graph.
As students progress through school, the trusty bar graph is always there. But, what about the other kinds of graphs? STEM gives students an opportunity to experiment with other kids of graphs that likely might be a better choice for for their data. Line graphs, pie charts, and scatter plots help students see data in a more visual, and hopefully more meaningful way.