AP Statistics Students Perform Lab with “Drunk” Goggles

By Savannah Estabrook, Yearbooker

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  • Areeb Ali '20 tries to stare at the blue tape through his glasses but finds it very difficult. The students hypothesis testing were mostly similar because of the multiple fails by all of the students.

  • Sara Ali '20 loses balance as she stands on the balls of her feet. All the students in the experiment made more infractions than correct steps.

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  • Haereen Lee '20 slowly inches off the line as she tries to focus. The special pair of classes made it much harder for their group to make it to the end of the tape.

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AP Statistics classes tried out illusional goggles on Monday, March 2. These goggles gave the students a visual misconception of being highly intoxicated, or “drunk”. In each of their chosen groups, students walked across a solid line as if they were getting tested for an infraction. This lab took a real life perspective of how alcohol can affect your vision drastically. 

“It’s about how police test whether someone is sober or not from being pulled over,” Byung Jong Amin ‘21 said. “This [lab] is called Walk Intern. Without goggles it’s pretty easy; with them it’s a whole different story.” 

From heel to toe, each student walked nine steps while others wrote down infractions or how many times they failed to step correctly. If a student had more than 2 infractions, a hypothetical jail sentence would be the result.

“I think it was interesting,” Grace Ji ‘20 said. I think the overall purpose of this is to kind of tie this in with our lesson with hypothesis testing and being different.”

The groups collected data of each person and compared the infractions between men and women. Following this, the class will perform analysis testing based on the observations. 

“My group chose the super special goggles that are even more distorted than the regular ones for some reason,” Emma Galley ‘20 said. “One of our group members fell over, [and] I think I got 20 infractions.”

With this active lab, students were able to experience some of the physical effects from the use of alcohol without putting themselves in real danger. This not only helped progress their unit in hypothesis testing further, but created a real life scenario within it.