Digital Science to Sponsor STEM Fellowship Big Data Challenge; Is this the dawn of a new way of learning?

Digital Science to Sponsor STEM Fellowship Big Data Challenge; Is this the dawn of a new way of learning?

Kaylin Xu – VANCOUVER, BC – Nov. 5, 2017 – As STEM Fellowship’s Big Data Challenge goes into its third year and acquires Digital Science and two of its portfolio companies, Altmetric and Overleaf, as sponsors, information technology jobs rise in demand across North America. The Government of Canada’s Career Outlook Reports give computer programming and interactive media developing jobs a 3/3 star rating in British Columbia alone. To commemorate the acquirement of three new sponsors for its Big Data Challenge, STEM Fellowship is challenging students to consider a new way of learning that is inquiry-based to adapt to the rapidly more technology-based future.

For this year’s Big Data Challenge, the theme is “Using impact data to understand and predict the future directions of science”. Competing teams are challenged to extract information from scientific publication attention data provided by Altmetric, collating and presenting insights into the future direction of science. To help manage and write their projects, students will have access to cloud-based collaborative writing tool, Overleaf.

Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch, the founder and Executive director of STEM Fellowship, explains:

The STEM Fellowship Big Data Challenge is a unique learning experiment that is focused on the development of the new generation of students’ natural data analysis talents. Traditional subject-specific and instruction-based learning do not meet the expectations of the industry and – more importantly – do not fit the new generation of student learning styles. The Challenge is, therefore, a pedagogical pilot, testing new forms of cross-disciplinary big data-based learning.


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