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Exploristica – Adventures in Statistics 


FUNdamental statistics  

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has teamed up with Sociedade Portuguesa de Estatistica (The Portuguese Statistics Society)  and Lifetime Lab to bring you Exploristica – Adventures in Statistics, a fun way of learning about mathematics and statistics. Exploristica is a new and exciting CSO education outreach project that allows young people to explore statistics and probability through games. Exploristica was launched on October 20th, 2015 World Statistics Day at Lifetime Labs in Cork City. Exploristica makes its first public appearance at the Cork Science Festival in City Hall, Cork City on November 14th and 15th, 2015.  

The six Exploristica games are constructed as wooden transport crates and are set up in an exhibition space. Playing the games teaches important statistics and probability concepts, while having fun.  

The 6 games:  

  • Welcome game

 Players register their team and collect measurement data for the team  

  • Submarine game

 Players pilot a submarine through an underwater ecosystem and collect specimens of new species of reptiles for analysis  

  • Archery game

 Players use a real bow to shoot virtual arrows at a target and use distances from the bullseye to compare scores  

  • Loaded Dice game

 Players roll four coloured dice, recording the numbers thrown, to figure out which dice are loaded and on what numbers they are loaded  

  • Quiz

 Teams compete in a rapid fire quiz to answer questions from Census 2011, in a “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” type setting  

  • Giant Ape game

Players help “Conga” the gorilla conduct a sample survey of voters in a small town


Players learn about types of data, location and dispersion measures (mean, median, standard deviation), graphs (box and whiskers, bar plots, histograms), random and non-random sampling, relative frequency, and probability. The games teach FUNdamental concepts in probability and statistics, from the mathematics curriculum, thanks to Exploristica.  


If you want to learn more about Exploristica please email