This activity encourages children to develop their skills in data analysis, and is designed to be accessible to primary pupils at Key Stage 2.
Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website.
Stage: 2 Challenge Level:
Here are the top ten nations in the table of medal winners for the 2012 Olympic Games:
Is your own nation in the list?
If not find the data on the internet and compare it with the table.
How do you think the positions have been decided?
Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?
How would this affect other results in the table?
If you're finding hard to get started, try looking at this hint.
Detailed teachers' notes for this activity are available on our NRICH website, where you can also find thousands more mathematical resources including problems, investigations and games for all ages from 3 to 19.