This activity can be used at grade 7 or beyond through grade 12. It can be done with either a TI-83/84 or the TI-Nspire. There are two links below – one for doing the activity with a TI-83/84, and one for doing the activity with a TI-Nspire.
Each link contains the student version, the teacher notes, the answer key and other files.
Idea: the scores of the first 18 championship college football games will be placed into lists on the calculator. On the TI-83/84, the data is easily placed into the proper lists with the ease of running a supplied program. On the TI-Nspire, the data is already in the tns file. The students are then asked questions about the data and will need to perform either 1 Variable Statistics to answer them, or to create a box plot to answer them. We encourage the use of groups of 4 to do the activity in class. See the Teacher Notes for either calculator.
The Teacher Notes also contains 10 fun trivia facts including some about the history of the College Football Champions since 1869. Enjoy…
Number of football championships since 1869: