STEM Fellowship High School Big Data Challenge 2018-19

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The High School Big Data Challenge (BDC) is now accepting high school students for the 2018-2019 year! Hosted by STEM Fellowship, we are partnering with Let's Talk Science and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to deliver our biggest BDC yet.

This year's theme is: Big Data de Terre

This year’s competition is focused on exploratory data analysis of Canadian Space Agency (CSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) open data to produce descriptive and graphical summaries of data with the goal of revealing the impact of environmental condition on human health and well-being. It invites high school students to go further into predictive analytics of optimal environmental characteristics for long-term, long-distance space travel.

  • Collect and analyse geostatic terrestrial data along with your city, province, federal and humanitarian open data. Explore the Canada’s 18 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

  • Discover human health and well-being issues (physical health, public health, mental health, etc.) in the context of local, regional and global environmental problems.

  • Seek and suggest environmental, socioeconomic solutions for terrestrial and extraterrestrial sustainable living environments.

In this challenge, you will work with like-minded individuals in groups of 2-4 to tackle this project and submit a report based on your findings in January. Finalists will then move on to Big Data Day, to present their findings to a panel of judges.

The cost for registration for the competition is $110/team+HST (one ticket covers the cost for one team).

Academic prizes:

Monetary prizes:

  • $1000 SAS Analytics Talent Award- Toronto
  • $1000 SAS Analytics Talent Award- Calgary
  • $1000 RBC Arnold Chan Memorial Award for Student Innovation- Toronto
  • $1000 RBC Arnold Chan Memorial Award for Student Innovation- Calgary

NOTE: When you apply, you have agreed to take part in this competition and will not drop out of the competition unless we are informed with legitimate justification. Once you have registered, you will receive access to workshops and data sets.

DEADLINE: October 20th, 2018

For more information, please visit the Big Data Challenge page on our STEM Fellowship website: http://stemfellowship.org/big-data-challenge/

For any questions you may have regarding the challenge, please contact bigdata@stemfellowship.org


- Where does the challenge take place?
The High School Big Data Challenge is remote and open to any students in grades 10 to 12 across Canada. As long as you have access to a computer/ laptop and internet, you can participate!
Our in-person events (which are live-streamed so you can participate from your locations) will be taking place in Toronto and Calgary.

- Do I have to register with a team of 4?
No. We recommend that you register with a maximum of 4 members, but you are eligible with a minimum of 2 members. Please note that the registration fee is the same ($110 + tax) regardless of the number of participants present in your team.

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