Is life expectancy higher in countries with more money? Is math achievement related to HIV rates? Does a country's carbon emissions correlate to its cancer rate? These are among the hundreds or thousands of questions that can be asked and examined using the amazing Gapminder.org website.
- Go to the GAPMINDER web site (www.gapminder.org)
- Select GAPMINDER world
- On one of the graph axes, choose the ‘Health’ category and choose any subcategory you wish.
- Plot this health indicator vs. any other indicator you wish (it can be another health indicator or some other indicator)
- For example: one might plot Total GDP (under economy) vs. Infant mortality (under health). The health indicator may be on the X or Y axis, whichever is correct for your plot.
- Note the third indicator of Population Total as shown by the size of each country's plot circle. You can change this too if another indicator makes more sense.
- Slide the year slide (or click the ‘play’ button) to observe how the graph changes over time (e.g. 1960 – 2005)
- Interpret the meaning of your graph throughout the years
- Create an engaging 5-10 minute presentation to teach your classmates what you have discovered in your research. You should use the Gapminder site during your presentation.