How does the M&M Mars company determine the amount of each candy color in each package of M&Ms? Is it random or by formula? Mr. Kappes’ PLTW Introduction to Engineering and Design classes at Portage High School are studying Statistics and learning about “central tendencies”, “variations” and “distribution”. To make the topic practical and fun, students conducted a statistical analysis on individual bags of M&Ms to answer that question. After inventorying the quantity and colors of M&Ms in each package, students created an Xcel spreadsheet and entered the class data. The data was broken down to calculate “Mean”, “Median”, “Mode” and “Standard Deviation”.