Photo by John Herndon
Seventh-grade math students recently constructed their own NCAA Tournament brackets using principles of statistics and probability they had learned in a class unit. Among the students completing the assignment were, kneeling, from left, Christian Waddell, Jacob Castle and Allyn Cook. Standing Jacob Kidd, Kyra Woods, Ethan Goodlett, Jaelyn Thompson, Tally Puckett, Hunter Brewer, teachers Leslie Edmondson and Michael Phillips, Jaime Roach, Annie Kost, Alexis Leftler, Shelby Stumph, Jonathan Ritchie, Dalton Burkhead, and Moly Mullins.
Tourney time teaches more than the game

Before millions of people were filling out what are now busted brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament, seventh-graders at Anderson County Middle School were figuring out who those bracket-busters would be.

It all came about as a class project sponsored by math teachers/basketball fans Leslie Edmondson and Michael Phillips to use March Madness as a way teach statistics, inferences from them and probability.