This project has students applying their knowledge of discrete random variables in a fun way. Individual students or small groups will invent a game of chance using cards, dice, spinners, or other materials and model their game with a discrete random variable.
Students will calculate the probability of each outcome, then calculate and interpret the mean (expected value) and standard deviation. I like to take two class days to allow small groups to work through the project, and have students present their games at the end of the second day. This small project has been one of the most engaging activities of the school year!
This document includes instructions and space for students to work, as well as a scoring rubric.