Learning objects Spinners: spin and label

TLF ID L2379

Race two cars along a track. Use a coloured spinner (a dial with a pointer) to determine which car moves along the track. Try to achieve a given race result by choosing a spinner with a suitable combination of coloured sectors. For example, give a red car the best chance of winning by selecting a favourable spinner. Test the spinner over a number of spins. Compare the actual results with the expected results. Does a fair spinner result in all cars winning equally often? Is the colour with the largest sector on the spinner landed on most often? This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students differentiate between equal and unequal likelihood.
  • Students explore the relationship between sample space and likelihood of outcomes.
  • Students interpret data in tables and graphs.
  • Students apply 'likelihood language' to compare and describe chance situations.
  • Students use proportional thinking to predict and compare the outcomes of random generators.
Educational value
  • Students compare theoretical outcomes and actual results.
  • Provides area-based random generators to test probability predictions.
  • Experimental results are dynamically displayed as data tables and frequency graphs showing progress in a car race.
  • Includes scenarios with equal or unequal probabilities.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Statistics and probability
    • Mathematics/Probability
    • Mathematics/Random events
    • Mathematics/Sampling
    • Mathematics/Statistics
    • Mathematics/Guess-Check-Improve
    • Mathematics/Experiments
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation;
    • Estimation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Michael Wagner
    • Organisation: Godwin + Wagner
    • Address: Box Hill South VIC 3128 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Jenni Way
    • Address: Springwood NSW 2777 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Graham Jones
    • Address: Broadbeach QLD 4218 Australia
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
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