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Mini Data Challenge for Rural High School Students

In an effort to ensure data science is available and accessible for everyone, the Data Science Academy (DSA) and The Science House have developed a K-12 Outreach program called Data Explorers. This program brings both K-12 teachers and students together to train and compete in data science challenges. 

Tuesday, April 4, students from E.E. Smith High School and J.F. Webb High School came together for a day of fun and collaboration while tackling a mini data challenge. Students from both schools joined forces to practice the process of modeling with data and answer the age-old question, “What makes a roller coaster the best?” Students were not only enthusiastically engaged in the activity, but they also took the opportunity to network with each other and kindle new friendships.

Afterwards, participants toured the NC State Plant Sciences Building (PSB) to see how data science is applied in various fields of study. Preceding the tour, NC State Ph.D Candidate, Shana McDowell, presented a current research collaboration with her advisor, DSA Director Daniela Jones, focused on hunger and food waste. Students learned how this research and the Plant Sciences Initiative are using data science and AI to support NC farmers.

Through the Data Explorers program, the DSA and The Science House are excited to develop new collaborative opportunities with rural NC State schools in support of data science.