High-School Big Data Challenge
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WHAT IS THE BIG DATA CHALLENGE?
The STEM Fellowship Big Data Challenge (BDC) is a unique inquiry-based learning program that enables high school students to strengthen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills while gaining familiarity with data science. By encouraging students to conduct research projects to collaboratively address issues of real-world significance, the BDC fosters the development of young leaders, innovators and digital citizens.
How it works: Teams of up to 4 students are provided with data sets, workshops, learning resources and tools for data analysis. We present the general competition theme, within which you define a research topic of interest. With the guidance of peer and expert mentors, teams then undertake exploratory analysis of open data to develop sustainable solutions to local and global issues. At the end of the competition, teams submit their research findings in the form of a scientific manuscript. The top teams are invited to present their findings in front of a panel of industry and academic experts in the field.
The best part is you don’t even need to have prior data science knowledge to join! We deliver webinars and workshops teaching you the basics to get you started on your research!
Check out our full itinerary here.
DEVELOP KEY SKILLS:
The ability to translate aggregates of data into abstract concepts and conduct data-based reasoning.
The ability to create solutions in contexts where only part of the requirements are known.
The ability to participate in the collaborative construction of solutions.
The ability to utilize information technology in order to engage in society.
SciNet Supercomputer Tour
Receive mentorship from the League of Innovators to scale your project into an entrepreneurship venture
$1000 Scholarly Communication Award – Toronto
$1000 Scholarly Communication Award – Calgary
MORE PRIZES TO COME!
“The 2018 STEM Fellowship Big Data Challenge was an incredible experience. The Challenge helped me develop skills in the field of analytics, and taught me the importance of big data in the modern world; the mentorships, online training, and connections I received were invaluable. If you are a high school student, I would highly recommend participating in this incredible program – you won’t regret it! I am endlessly grateful to have had the chance to participate.” – Katherine Gotovsky