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Examining data provides a unique opportunity to have students work actively with various technologies, such as computers or graphing calculators. Students can import data into spreadsheet software, execute mathematical calculations, create data graphs, and use this material in reports to present the results of their inquiry. Reinforcing the use of technology in a classroom environment, as well as generating reports to communicate information, is another goal of the National Science Education Standards. Defining these objectives reinforces the link between science and math and brings relevance to both topics. The following activity example details how students can explore and try to make sense of data.