I'm a People Person!

How can science, technology, engineering, and math help us understand society and solve social problems?


Anthropologists use science and math to answer questions about people, communities, and society.

Aria is 13 years old, and she lives on the west side of Chicago. Lately, Aria has noticed a lot of changes in her neighborhood. What causes these changes? What will happen in the future? Aria’s search for the answers to these questions leads her to the Field Museum in Chicago where she meets Alaka Wali, a cultural anthropologist, who helps her understand people and the communities that they transform and that transform them.

Activities/Things to Do

Find out for yourself! Check out these cool activities that show how people and society can use science, technology, engineering, and math!

Visit the Field Museum and find out more about Alaka Wali’s work and other cool things about anthropology.

Take the Rubbish Challenge and learn how each of us can do things to save the Earth.

Other Careers

Learn about other careers that involve science, technology, engineering, and math and are related to people and society!

Computational Scientist

Computational scientists use computers and computer programs as tools to solve problems people encounter in non-computer subjects, such as chemistry, physics, biology, or even economics. They combine computer science, math, and other subjects to address real problems in the world.

Meet a computational scientist!

  • Meet Gabrielle Allen, a computational scientist at Louisiana State University.
  • Learn about Edmond Chow, a computational scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing.

Try it yourself!

  • Play games and learn facts about how math connects to music, sports, and fashion!

How do I do this?


Statisticians apply math to everyday problems. They develop methods, such as surveys, to collect data and information. This information is used to do a lot of things, including changing laws, creating or building new things, making rules, and helping decide the best choice out of many choices. Statisticians help people in different fields, including scientists, doctors, politicians, people in the military, teachers, and business people.

Meet a statistician!

  • See how Zakiya Sackor uses her skills as a statistician to help the Internal Revenue Service. Find out how!
  • Meet Julie Strickland and learn about what it’s like to be a statistician at Kodak.

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  • Romesh Silva always had a passion for human rights and social justice. He learned to combine statistics with his passions to be a field statistician, a job that he loves. Check out Romesh Silva here.

Try it yourself!

  • Do you like statistics? Try your hand at these two Figure This! math challenges related to statistics. Challenge 1 | Challenge 2
  • Statisticians use a lot of graphs to explain the information they learn. Check out different ways to make graphs and chart your data here.

How do I do this?

  • Find out what it takes to become a statistician!
  • Learn more about being a statistician and how to become one.