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2020-2021 National High School Big Data Challenge





After a record-breaking High School Big Data Challenge, experts have selected 15 finalist teams to compete at our finale event: High School Big Data Day. Below you will find the project reports as well as 10-minute video presentations for each finalist team. We encourage you to view these to see the work of the brightest high school students in Canada as they compete for monetary and scholarly prizes, which include the opportunity to attain publication opportunities and cash awards.

Event Schedule

Our Panelists

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, CM, FRSC

Let’s Talk Science

President & Founder

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and President of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started while completing her PhD in Physiology at Western University. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship roles by supporting their learning and engagement through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Well over 9 million children, youth and educators have been impacted by Let’s Talk Science since its inception.

Isabelle LeVert-Chiasson

Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Program Officer, Education | National ASPnet Coordinator

Isabelle LeVert-Chiasson is the Education Program Officer with the Canadian Commission for UNESO (CCUNESCO). Her role includes the national coordination of the UNESCO Schools Network, engaging Canadians in UNESCO programs in Canada and abroad, providing advice to various levels of government related to the UNESCO Education Sector, and supporting the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO.

Sebastien Goupil

Canadian Commission for UNESCO (Formerly)

Former Secretary-General, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Sébastien Goupil is the former Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission. Prior to that, he dedicated most of his career to cultural and social policy development. He has held various senior level positions in the federal public service, including Acting Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada at Library and Archives Canada, Director of Policy and Governance within Canadian Heritage’s Portfolio Affairs Office, and Director General of Policy and External Relations for the Status of Women Canada.

Dr. Sacha Noukhovitch

STEM Fellowship

President & Founder

Sacha Noukhovitch is the Founder and President of the STEM Fellowship – a charity organization that equips the next generation of change-makers in STEM with indispensable skills in data science and scholarly writing through peer mentorship and experiential learning. He is also an Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Science Publishing STEM Fellowship Journal – the national scholarly publication of original student research as well as a practicing educator implementing data science education at Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto.

Dr. Suze Kundu

Digital Science

Head of Public Engagement

Suze Kundu is trained in nanochemistry, with a BSc in Chemistry, a MSc in Analytical Chemistry and a PhD in Materials Chemistry from University College London. A passionate educator, she has also studied for a PGCE in Senior School Science, and an MEd in University Learning and Teaching. After six years lecturing in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London and at the University of Surrey’s Chemical and Process Engineering Department, she joins Digital Science to head up our external engagement.


Vera Onana

Ph.D. Candidate, Concordia University, Montreal


Steve Scott

Director of Portfolio Development, Digitial Science Ltd.

Lucy Xu

MEng Candidate, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto

Dr. Vanessa Williams

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Toronto

Mariam Taktek

MSc Candidate, University of Ottawa

Dr. Danika Khong

Cofounder & CEO, Scismic

Susan Ibach

Head of Amazon Future Engineer Canada, Amazon Canada

Dr. Leslie McIntosh

CEO, Ripeta


Inequity in Education: the Correlation Between Neighbourhood and School Performance
in Ontario

Shuyu van Kerkwijk, Florence Ho, Hibah Hussain, and Grace Ko

University of Toronto Schools


Investigating the impacts of Quality of life indicators on Education equity and access in a global context

Aneya Kazmi, Wendy Chen, Alice Du, Kelly Zhao
Earl Haig Secondary School

Economic cost and employment potentials for STEM and Non-STEM undergraduate majors in Canada

Luyuan Ge and Fengyuan Zhang
Bloor Collegiate Institute

Using Feature Importance Methods to Identify the Primary Factors Contributing to
Education Index

Samuel Lu, Evan Skrukwa, and Shahryar Wasif
Westmount Charter School

Application of Multivariate Analysis in Identifying Factors Influencing Education Equity

Andrew Mao, Binder Nie, Nicholas Dong
Earl Haig Secondary School

Multivariate Analysis of United States Public Education Data to Optimize the Classroom

Ammar Vora, Nishan Soni , Faiz Hanafi , and Vishwanath Wimalasena
Sir Winston Churchill High School
Robert Thirsk High School

The Role of Government Expenditure in Equitable Education

Jatin Mehta, Philip D’Costa, and Keval Patel
Erindale Secondary School

Investigating the Relationship between Poverty and Educational Success

Albert Choi, Jazli Muhammad, and Bobby Tang
Westmount Charter School

Educational Inequality Between Urban and Rural Areas

Joshua Lakdawala and Yash Jagirdar
Erindale Secondary School

A Study of How Money Invested in Secondary Students’ Education Impact the Quality of
Education in the Math and Science Fields

Raymond Ma, Rachel Dietrich, Ruby Miller, and Tenzin Dhonyoe
Runnymede Collegiate Institute

A Correlative Analysis of Educator Identified Factors and Global Student Assessment

Natalie Jarycki
Oakridge Secondary School

The Correlation Between Economic Status and Quality of Education

Isaac Bahler, Samantha Chong, Nanya Anyaduba, and Nier Kamel
Lindsay Thurber Composite High School

Examining the Effects of Government Funding and Staff Compensation on Public
School Completion Rates

Allan Cao, Ziyan Li, Sarah Zuo
Westmount Charter School

The Impact of the Student Nutrition Program on Academic Achievement in Ontario

Cristian Bogdan, Harshith Duba, Nathan Pfeffer, and Nada Salem
Earl Haig Secondary School

An Investigation into the Socioeconomic Factors Correlated to PISA Reading Scores

Orchee Haque, Sophie Hoyer, Stephanie Huynh, Sraddha Uppili
Westmount Charter School

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