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Rolling the Dice

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Science  16 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5989, pp. 270
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5989.270-d

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Eva Jacobs brought along three pairs of dice this spring when she visited a sixth-grade math class at the Shaw campus of the Center City Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. She wanted students to know that what they were learning about probability has real-world applications—and also that math can be fun. Long retired from a 40-year career as a statistician with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jacobs has volunteered for the past decade with ReSET (Retired Scientists, Engineers and Technicians), an organization that sends members to Washington-area schools. Jacobs is brimming with ideas about translating her expertise in statistical analysis and survey research to students.