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We have another lesson plan that deals with medal counts. This one deals with the harbinger of medal counts, participating in the games. Some sports have cultural biases, like skeet shooting. Others require higher degrees of apparatus to participate at a high level like gymnastics. While others require much less like running or football (i.e., soccer).
In this lesson students can use the visual graphs at the UK Guardian’s web site (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/datablog/interactive/2012/jul/27/olympic-athletes-list-visualised) to analyze the participants by country with a global mapping device. They can reduce it to a sport category or for overall participation. Or they can focus on gender participation–some country athlete delegations are entirely or almost entirely male, for instance.
What kinds of questions can be asked?
Compare sport configurations by country: How does the Olympic team for the United States compare with the Olympic team from Kenya? Read more…