December CIC Research Seminar
Data Science Education
Presented by Prof Linda McIver
There’s a huge push to engage school kids with STEM. Too often this means playing with toys or “solving” hypothetical problems.
Data Science gives us the perfect opportunity to empower kids to solve real problems using STEM skills. Kids learn that STEM skills are tools they can use to make their world a better place.
In this talk I’ll give you the origin story of the Australian Data Science Education Institute (ADSEI) – a registered charity aimed at bringing STEM to all Australian students. I’ll describe some of the projects we have developed, and how you can use our Data Science resources and ideas in your own Education and Outreach efforts (for free!).
Founder and Executive Director of the Australian Data Science Education Institute, Dr Linda McIver started out as an Academic with a PhD in Computer Science Education. When it became apparent that High School teaching was a lot more fun, Linda began a highly successful career at John Monash Science School, where she built innovative courses in Computational and Data Science for year 10 and year 11 students.
Nominated as one of the inaugural Superstars of STEM in 2017, Linda is passionate about creating authentic project experiences to motivate all students to become technologically and data literate.
While Linda loves the classroom, it was rapidly becoming clear that teachers in the Australian School system were keen to embrace Data Science, but that there was a serious lack of resources to support that. That’s why Linda created ADSEI – to support Data Science in education.
The one hour presentation will be followed by a networking opportunity