for Kids Demonstration Project
Supported by the National Science Foundation
through their Digital Government program.
is a cross-agency Internet portal designed to help all Americans find
statistical facts for making personal or business decisions, conduct
research on a myriad of topics, or participate in public policy debates.
This sub-project of an existing Digital Government project on Quality
Graphics (dgQG) will develop a specific MapStats for Kids demonstration
within FedStats. To do so, we will build web tools that integrate
with the information system used to produce the current MapStats,
with a focus on subject matters of interest to younger visitors. Work
will be carried out in conjunction with the FedStats Technical team
and the FedStats Task Force.
primary focus for this demonstration project will be to create interactive
web pages that provide statistical and geographic information in a
manner that will engage a younger visitor's attention and interest.
Information will be displayed in a manner that will encourage children
to become active participants on the site as well as to provide them
with a better understanding of the impact numbers can make on daily
life (through the use of age-appropriate games, trivia questions,
statistical facts, and other methods). A long-term goal, to which
this demonstration project will contribute, is to address issues of
both statistical and graphic / cartographic literacy through web applications
that are fun for young web-site visitors to use. Full
Project Description (pdf)