Monthly Archives: April 2017

Data Science Education Meetup at Cyberlearning 2017

Thank you to the fantastic crowd at Cyberlearning 2017 who attended our Data Science Education Meetup at Mussel Bar and Grill on Tuesday night. The Meetup provided an opportunity for members of the Cyberlearning community to discuss innovative ways that we could implement data science education into research and curriculum development, to address NSF’s 10 Big Ideas for Future Investments strand in data science [PDF], and to enjoy some great food!

Our attendees at the Data Science Education Meetup at Cyberlearning 2017

Attendees at the Data Science Education Meetup at Cyberlearning 2017

There were several strands of activity toward data science education at Cyberlearning 2017, and the Meetup provided an opportunity for us to share and reflect on the following:

  • A roundtable session on Teaching Data Science, in which our own William Finzer facilitated a discussion on our Data Science Education Technology conference in Berkeley in February.
  • Hearing about some of the challenges researchers face in implementing curriculum at the middle school and high school level, as well as some of the Cyberlearning projects (such as Data Science Games, CODAP, Impact Studio, Learning and Youth, and STEM Literacy Through Infographics), which are hoping to address these challenges.
  • Participating in the Data Science Education for 21st Century Learning CL17 Working Sessions Strand. It was especially great to work with Sayamindu Dasgupta and Jesse Bemley to identify the important aspects necessary to move data science education forward.
  • Identifying data science as part of computational thinking, as put forward by NSF Program Officer Arlene M. de Strulle on Wednesday morning.

Our Meetup was packed (we had to move to a larger set of tables, as a matter of fact!), and the evening was full of lively discussion about the impact and need for data science education. We thank everyone who attended and are especially grateful to our community for bringing in so much passion and energy for data science education.

Please check out our future Data Science Education Meetup dates and locations at concord.org/meetup. Or join us online through a series of monthly Data Science Education Webinars, starting in May. We have a great lineup of speakers, including Cliff Konold, Amelia McNamara, and Rob Gould. We’ll post dates and additional information at concord.org/meetup.

As always, please leave a comment or suggestion for future Meetups, community-building activities, or future innovations in data science education you’d like to see. We love hearing from you.

A demo of Infrared Street View

An infrared street view
The award-winning Infrared Street View program is an ambitious project that aims to create something similar to Google's Street View, but in infrared light. The ultimate goal is to develop the world's first thermographic information system (TIS) that allows the positioning of thermal elements and the tracking of thermal processes on a massive scale. The applications include building energy efficiency, real estate inspection, and public security monitoring, to name a few.
An infrared image sphere


The Infrared Street View project is based on infrared cameras that work with now ubiquitous smartphones. It takes advantages of the orientation and location sensors of smartphones to store information necessary to knit an array of infrared thermal images taken at different angles and positions into a 3D image that, when rendered on a dome, creates an illusion of immersive 3D effects for the viewer.

The project was launched in 2016 and later joined by three brilliant computer science undergraduate students, Seth Kahn, Feiyu Lu, and Gabriel Terrell, from Tufts University, who developed a primitive system consisting of 1) an iOS frontend app to collect infrared image spheres, 2) a backend cloud app to process the images, and 3) a Web interface for users to view the stitched infrared images anchored at selected locations on a Google Maps application.

The following YouTube video demonstrates an early concept played out on an iPhone:



Data Science Education Meetup at NSTA 2017

Thanks to all the great folks who attended our NSTA 2017 Data Science Education Meetup at BottleRock LA last night. We had a great crowd attend, complete with representatives from Magnitude.io, the education arm of the International Space Station (ISS), CASIS, the folks from MiniPCR, LAUSD, Lodi USD, the CREATE for STEM Institute, Educational Passages and more! We’re still processing the yummy food and hours of great conversation about all things data.

Happy attendees at the Data Science Education Meetup at NSTA 2017

A few highlights of the evening included:

  • Hearing about streaming atmospheric data from Magnitude.io’s successful rocket and balloon launches at Lodi schools and others all across California, and their ExoLab experiments on the ISS
  • Debating the grand challenges and barriers to data science education with teachers and district staff
  • Hearing about how using data, modeling and evidence has transformed teaching for those using the Interactions curriculum from the CREATE for STEM Institute and the Concord Consortium
  • Seeing Liam Kennedy’s amazing ISS-ABOVE device that changes your TV into a portal to the International Space Station, complete with live alerts when the ISS passes overhead
  • Learning about how MiniPCR’s Genes in Space competition is bringing high school students’ experiments to the space station and how a new USB-stick-sized gene sequencing device is speeding up microbe research on the ISS by orders of magnitude
  • Hearing stories of how data from GPS-tracked drifter boats from Educational Passages has connected students across continents
The place was packed and the evening was full of great geekery, all the more evidence that the time has come for data science education. We thank everyone who attended and we look forward to building networks, collaborations and new modes of teaching and learning together.
Missed us last night? No problem. Join us for the next one, at an upcoming conference near you! See all our meetups and RSVP at concord.org/meetup.