Human Performance is an exciting STEM field which focuses on the interaction of humans and technology. Scientists and professionals in this broad field, which is also known as Human Factors, work to develop cutting edge research, products, and training designed to help facilitate human-technology interaction. Human Performance professionals may be research psychologists, mechanical engineers, software designers, and even artists and anthropologists.

In this series of three short videos, professionals in the field describe what it is they love about what they do, their educational background and career path, as well as how they use the math they learned in high school on the job every day. Through accompanying concept videos students also learn how the math and science concepts they are learning are used in the real-world by STEM professionals. The concept videos will help meet Ohio Academic Content Standards in Math for Data Analysis and Statistics.

Human Performance: Careers

Students will be introduced to the field of Human Performance and hear about the wide-ranging careers of professionals working at the University of Dayton Research Institute, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and the Center for Human Centered Innovation at Wright State University.

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Human Performance: Data

Human Performance professionals from UDRI and the Wright Patterson Air Force Base define univariate and multivariate data and describe how this data is used to conduct experiments. Students also learn about how researchers use design and use experiments in their work.

Ohio Academic Content Standard
Grade 11
Data Analysis and Probability
Data Collection

Analyze and interpret univariate and bivariate data to identify patterns, note trends, draw conclusions, and make predictions.

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Human Performance: Sampling

Human Performance research psychologist Nicole Arbuckle describes her work on a Facial Action Coding System which acts as an emotion detection machine. Students learn more about how she must rely on math concepts she learned in high school, specifically sampling methods, for conducting studies and experiments.

Ohio Academic Content Standard
Grade 12
Data Analysis and Probability

Identify and use various sampling methods (voluntary response, convenience sample, random sample, stratified random sample, census) in a study.

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The following three teacher resource videos provide educators with additional background information on the field of Human Performance as well as educational opportunities and career pathways available to students. Related teacher concept videos offer instructional strategies for teaching the concepts addressed in the student videos, while making ties to their real-world applications. Each video offers teacher tips, discussion suggestions, and additional resources.

The Wright State University Center of Excellence in Human Centered Innovation

University of Dayton Research Institute

Wright Patterson Air Force Base 711th Human Performance Wing