This October half term come and learn about data science at Worthing's central gallery space, Colonnade House! Supported by the British Airways i360, CGG, and the University of Sussex's DISCUS data science centre. This is an early-bird off-broadway style run of this brand new workshop, which premieres at Brighton's iconic i360 on Monday 25th October! We thought Worthing deserved to see it first! Come and learn about data science from a physicist and a data scientist. We'll show you the tools we use, and you'll get some hands-on experience of analysing a dataset. What is data science? 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. One of the most usefu...
About your Mentor
About your Mentor
Hi - I'm Andrew, and I run Genius Brighton educational workshops. You might know us from our Venture Coders workshops. I'm a working scientist - a physicist - working in geophysics and data science. I've been running workshops like this, in and around Brighton, for children since around 2015. I also tutor maths, physics and coding privately. Our workshops are all about developing the skills our children will need in the future - it's not about creating a generation of computer scientists! We want to create a generation of children that have the skills to follow their passion wherever it takes them, without feeling restricted by a rigid education. That means having the confidence to learn new things, to solve problems, to not be afraid to dive into something new. This, more than anything else, is what you can expect from our workshops.
What we'll do
After a bit of a talk on what data science is and what data scientists do, you'll be getting hands-on with the data - analysing a large dataset of earthquakes in Japan to try and find patterns. 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!
Why Learn Data Science?
Well, for one thing, it's immensely fun and satisfying visualising huge datasets with simple images, and finding surprising patterns in data. Is it incredibly geeky to enjoy coding and data analysis? Hell, yes! You'll be surprised how many other people love that too! You're not in school anymore. This is Genius Brighton. We love this stuff! On a serious, or perhaps economic note, in a recent report by the Royal Society, "THE INTEGRATION OF DATA SCIENCE IN THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY CURRICULUM", England's primary and secondary curricula at key stages 1-4 was examined to see how much data science existed in the various subjects. It was found that effective data science teaching at primary, and also secondary often depended on the teacher and the teaching, in technical subjects. In 'overcoming barriers', the report concludes: "Most of the curriculum issues highlighted can be overcome without recourse to potentially unwelcome curriculum change, but a more detailed, updated and coheren...
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