Discover Data, developed in collaboration with the Nielsen Foundation and the National AfterSchool Association, offers exciting, relatable resources to introduce middle and high school students across the country to the power of understanding data. Why, you ask?
Data Science is one of the twenty fastest growing occupations in the world, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That said, nearly EVERY high-growth career uses data in some way on a regular basis. Whether you are in sales, teaching, or computer programming, many professions require the collection and analysis of data. We created the Discover Data program to empower educators to engage students and help them see how they can use data to solve problems and make decisions in school, at home and at work (one day not too far in the future!).
Discover Data offers a suite of educator resources resources that make teaching data easy, engaging, and interactive. If you’re an educator seeking turnkey ways to infuse data concepts into your lessons, the site offers instructional support, real-world data sets, and multimedia content to bring data and data-driven careers to life for your students.
Here are just a few of the classroom resources available for grades 6-12:
- Curriculum Connectors provide several beginner and intermediate-level activities tied to a specific theme (holidays, gender equity, sustainability) and give educators the opportunity to integrate real-world data sets into existing curriculum or programming.
- Video Career Profiles highlight the diverse personalities and careers in data and showcase ways that these real-world professionals use data both in and out of work.
- Community Briefs allow learners of all ages across communities to explore the world of data and get involved, no matter their level of experience.
In a new feature, students can now even submit a question for a real-world data expert directly from the site, as well as explore existing answers to questions submitted by their peers. If you want to extend the learning even further, you can request a virtual volunteer visit with a data professional. Ready-to-use activities, a student interactive, and classroom activities are also available for students to get involved individually and with their peers.
Data can be fun and interesting no matter the setting. Whether in or out of school, data can be used to explore everything from sports to business trends to our own personal habits and preferences. Connecting data with students’ lives and interests will help them to create a better understanding of what data is, and a greater motivation for them to learn about the capabilities and potential of data for their everyday lives and futures.
Get your students started today at DiscoverDatainSchool.org or in the Discover Data channel in the Discovery Education learning platform.