Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "Waste Not" - Risky Business

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

Agent Reeves thinks children near a collapsed playground are exhibiting an unusually high incidence of ailments. Amita is using a spreadsheet to work 'with odds ratios to conduct an analysis of childhood cancers, birth defects, and neurological deficits related to a potentially toxic material.' The spreadsheet contains odds, log odds, and log-odds ratios.
Students will understand the meaning and use of each of these measures, in addition to another measure called a risk ratio.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions Page.