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Food Prices in Canada

How has consumer product pricing changed in 2022? Grades 6 – 12 According to recent headlines (e.g. this CBC article), grocery prices in Canada are soaring. Is there any correlation between this surge in food prices and the Covid-19 pandemic? In this exercise, we investigated the monthly average retail price of common grocery store products …

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Fuel Costs in Canada

Are fuel costs in Canada reaching record highs? Grades 6 – 12 On March 3, 2022, CTV reported that gas prices have reached record highs across the country. Is this claim true? If so, how dramatic is the increase in fuel costs over the last few years? This week, we hope to inspire you with …

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Get funds for your classroom activities

Callysto is now accepting proposals If you teach Grades 5-12 students in Canada, Callysto wants to help fund your classroom activities related to computational thinking, data literacy, and coding. Callysto is a free, online program that helps Grades 5-12 students and teachers in Canada learn and apply in-demand data science skills — including data literacy, …

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Exploring tidal patterns and fish traps in summer math camp

This past July, the Callysto team had the pleasure to join grades 9-10 students in Alberta as part of the PIMS-led math camp: Diversity in Mathematics. This week-long event was geared towards Indigenous students who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM, and are looking to develop their math skills. The event included instructors from …

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New lesson plan marries sustainable architecture with computational thinking

Faculty and research assistants from Athabasca University have created a series of high school teaching plans that teach sustainable architectural design with computational thinking. The free and openly licensed teaching plans was created as part of a Callysto funded project titled Form and Function(s): A Sustainable Design meets Computational Thinking. An animation (above) was also developed to support the …

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Callysto funding recipients will support Canadian students’ digital skills

The Callysto team would like to thank everyone who submitted ideas for our most recent call for proposals for classroom learning activities. We’re pleased to announce the six individuals and organizations from across Canada who have received funding. Their projects will use new and creative ways to promote computational thinking, coding and data literacy among …

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MLB Pitchers and Pitch Types

Can MLB pitching statistics be used to visualize differences in pitch types? Grades 6-12 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams can have up to 13 pitchers on their roster during the regular season, and four to six of those are usually starting pitchers. Our goal is to use MLB data to see if there are numerical …

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Using Callysto data visualizations in the classroom: Part Two

This blog post was written by Callysto team member Dr. Verena Roberts. Dr. Roberts is a Callysto Education Specialist and a former online high school teacher with Rocky View Schools, in Alberta, Canada (she stepped away from her teaching role in January 2021). In my previous blog post, I talked about the value of incorporating …

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Construction times in Age of Empires

How long does it take to build different monuments, from different eras, in Age of Empires? Grades 6-12 Age of Empires, a series of historical, real-time strategy video games, was originally released in 1997. Part of the game focuses on building historically significant monuments from around the world, in collaboration with others. In building these …

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