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Pick the Next Box Office Hit

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In groups, students review a list of movie ideas, and select the three most promising. Then, they use movie data to analyze the return on investment for each actor, genre, and director; create three movie posters and write code for an A/B test to select the best performing poster; and write a proposal to pitch the movie idea and poster to a board of investors.

This lesson uses videos to teach critical life and technology skills:

Videos

  1. In groups, review a list of movie ideas, and select the three most promising.
  2. Visualize past movie data for distributions of budget and revenue, and the relationship between budget and revenue.
  3. Using movie data, analyze the return on investment for each actor, genre, and director.
  4. Select one movie idea using the data analysis.
  5. Create three movie posters to test with your audience.
  6. Write code for an A/B test to select the best performing poster.
  7. Write a proposal to pitch your movie idea and poster to a board of investors.

Life Skills

  • Use spreadsheets and other applications to make predictions, solve problems, and draw conclusions.

Technology Skills

  • Data visualization: represent data using context appropriate charts and graphs.
  • Apply advanced formulas (countif, etc.).
  • Organize and manipulate data: Sort, filter, find, add, delete, and number formatting.

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