In this lesson, students will consider and propose various factors that can be used to make decisions regarding prospective immigrants to the United States of America. Students will conduct public opinion research to determine which factors should be used, and the relative weighting that each of these factors should receive, in creating an Immigrant Scorecard.
From credit scores to consumer price indices, people have created formulas for measuring quantities that are relevant in our lives. These formulas are different than math or physics formulas in that they attempt to model abstract constructs like affordability of goods and creditworthiness. In that sense, these formulas require humans to make choices regarding how to quantify the constructs being modeled.
In this lesson, students take on the role of modelers and get a glimpse into how formulas for calculating an index are developed. They also get hands on experience creating, administering, and analyzing surveys.