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STEM Fellowship High School Big Data Challenge 2020: Calgary Finale

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Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking

402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest

Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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On February 28, 2020, Canadian high school students, delegates, and big data industry mentors will hear from the top Western Canada teams participating in the Big Data Challenge (BDC). Students were challenged to analyse the impacts of recreational drugs on social, economic, cultural life, and public health. Big Data Day is a celebration of the students' efforts providing students the opportunity to engage with industry professionals, present and receive feedback on their findings. Big Data Day includes multiple addresses along with a panel discussion on the “Greta Thunberg Phenomenon and the Role of Data-Native Generation in Sustainable Development”. Lunch and networking opportunities will be available to all attendees. More details ont he event can be found here.

BACKGROUND ON THE HIGH SCHOOL BIG DATA CHALLENGE 2020:

The Big Data Challenge (BDC) for high school students is a unique inquiry-driven and experiential learning program that invites students from across the country to strengthen their analytical and inquiry skills while gaining familiarity with the fundamentals of data science. Teams of up to 4 students each are provided with data sets, tools for data analysis, as well as the general topic or overarching goal. Teams then undertake exploratory data analysis or test a hypothesis about their data with the guidance of mentors from industry and academia. At the end of the competition, teams submit a research paper and present their findings to a panel of industry and academic experts in the field.

This year’s competition encouraged students to focus on the data analysis of the global and micro-climate change impacts of water and oceans on communities, energy generation, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and more. Their investigation contributes to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO in successfully reaching their 2030 Agenda by addressing multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Climate Action (SDG 13), and Life Below Water (SDG 14).

Through this challenge, students:

  • Explored the UNESCO SDGs and their interconnection with water and ocean quality through the Rabbit Hole of Knowledge

  • Analyzed municipal, provincial, federal, global, and humanitarian open data surrounding water and climate to guide their investigation on how these changes impact our everyday life

  • Discovered patterns using data analytic tools, formulate ideas, and develop models

  • Proposed sustainable solutions for local, regional, and global environmental problems from an environmental or socioeconomic perspective

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