So what do M&M'S® and data literacy have in common? SAS, of course!

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It's an exciting morning here at SAS. We just found out we are ranked #2 on this year's FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For list. SAS has been on the U.S. list every year since FORTUNE first published it. We've been in the top 10 many times with back-to-back No. 1 rankings in 2010 and 2011 and a No. 2 ranking last year. We are very proud to be a part of this company and thrilled that we get to carry out the work we do for schools and educators around the world. As a tribute to working here, we thought we would combine two things we love about SAS: data and M&M'S®.

You see, we at SAS are known for our perks, but we also eat A LOT of M&M'S®. As part of an analytics company, we also love math. While you may just see a mountain of candy (We consume 22 tons a year!), we see not only math, but data - data that can be analyzed, just as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) emphasize.

The CCSS recognize the need for students to find, evaluate, manage, represent, and interpret data. Our newly launched Data Depot houses data sources and focused lessons—for elementary, middle, and high school students—that will help your students become more data literate.

SAS Curriculum Pathways Data Depot

Currently, there are 26 data sets in Data Depot (including one profiling the color distribution of M&M'S®), addressing topics in science, social studies, and a variety of other subjects. Use these data sources as the foundation for student inquiries and teacher-created lessons. Or have students work through SAS Curriculum Pathways resources that incorporate these data sets.

To help teachers even more, we have created tool-based lessons to take advantage of the data sets. In QL #1554 - M&M'S®: Are the colors evenly distributed?, students learn how to create bar graphs and pie charts from color distribution data sets.

So, to recap

  • SAS is the 2nd best place to work in the United States.
  • SAS is an awesome data analytics company.
  • We love candy.
  • The happy SAS employees on the SAS Curriculum Pathways team create great data resources for education!

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Brandy Mann is a social media specialist for SAS who focuses primarily on blogs and social web strategies. As a computer engineer with communication smarts, she uses her unique combination of talents to meld the worlds of web technology, analytics and marketing. In a former life, Brandy was a mommy blogger who couldn’t keep up with her kids, but now she survives on SEO and affiliate links. She remains passionate about computer science education, work/life balance and lip syncing with her kids on Instagram.

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