10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
This paper is from Session 9B: Data science in secondary education
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which comes under Topic 9: Technology and multimedia in statistics education

Paper 9B1 (Monday 9th, 14:00-15:30)

Mobilize: a Data Science Curriculum for 16-year-old students


  • Robert Gould (University of California, Los Angeles, United States)



The Mobilize Project was funded by the. National Science Foundation in 2010 to develop computational thinking in secondary math and science classrooms through the use of Participatory Sensing, a data collection paradigm. This evolved into creating a yearlong course, Introduction to Data Science, which prepares students to think critically and constructively with data of many types and forms using the statistical software R. The course is taught in 71 classes across 7 districts in SoCal - one of which is second largest in the nation, serving a majority of students living below the poverty level. This paper provides an overview of this curriculum and discusses the challenges to developing "computational thinking with data".

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