What are the chances of you reaching your 100th birthday? How do we work this out and why it is useful? This interactive session will explore the important topic of life expectancy – both globally and across the UK. Our aim is to give you the tools and confidence to handle data in the real world. The workshop is run by staff and students at the University of Edinburgh and is aimed at high school students studying Modern Studies, Geography and Maths.
One in three children born in the UK today are expected to live to see their 100th Birthday but this is not the same everywhere in the world. This short, hands-on session focuses on the important topic of life expectancy. It will give you a chance to explore data yourself and see how numbers can be used to understand the world around us. At school, we can be tempted to choose between Maths or social subjects and this session will demonstrate the power of bringing them together in quantitative social science. University staff will share tools, tips and ideas and current students will be on hand to answer your questions.
Dr Helen Packwood, Lecturer in Social Research Methods, University of Edinburgh
young people, senior pupils in secondary schools
Senior School Pupils (S5/6) Especially those interested in Social Science, Maths, Geography or Modern Studies. Anyone taking Highers or Advanced Highers in these subjects.