We last ran this course at Brighton's i360 in the October half term of 2021. It was very popular amongst older children and even adults.
If you'd like to see us do this again, and you have a venue in mind, get in touch!
Here's a description of the two-hour workshop:
If you've ever wondered how Netflix knows what to recommend to you, how Tik Tok decides which videos to show you next, or even how we discover valuable minerals kilometres under the ground, the answer is Data Science. If you've ever wondered who advises governments on how much to spend on health, or education, or on how many COVID vaccines to buy - the answer is: data scientists.
We'd like to acknowledge the very generous support of the BA i360, the University of Sussex, and Geoscience leaders CGG in the production and hosting of this workshop.
A 2018 Royal Society report into data science in primary and secondary education comments that:
"demand for data science experts far [outstrips] that for other employment sectors."*
This situation can only become more severe in the future.
One of the most useful and marketable technical skills, data science combines many scientific disciplines - computer science, mathematics, statistics, and even some creative disciplines. It takes creativity to make huge amounts of data appealing and meaningful to people. When you see charts and graphs on the news, you're seeing data science in action. It's an exciting field of science, closely related to artificial intelligence and machine learning.
We need to train the next generation of data scientists now, because the increasing deluge of data we currently live with will need more and better data scientists in the future. Better and smarter data science will help us solve our most pressing problems.
What we'll do
You'll be analysing a large dataset of earthquakes in Japan to try and find patterns in the data. We'll show you around the tools data scientists use to do this. By the end of the workshop you'll be making beautiful maps that will reveal interesting patterns in the data. You'll even be able to repeat this at home. We'll show you how!