Data Visualizations

These pre-made, introductory data science lessons are a way for students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. We start with a question, find an open dataset to answer the question, and then ask students to reflect.

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Coast Salish baskets

By callysto | September 24, 2023

What geometric concepts can be seen in the traditional weaving of the Coast Salish people? Grades 5 – 9 Weaving is a craft with a long history in many places around the world, including the Pacific Northwest. Woven baskets, in particular, have long been important practical and cultural objects for BC Coast Salish people. An …

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Canadian rent prices

By callysto | September 18, 2023

Are Canadian rent prices rising? Grades 10 – 12 Have you ever wondered how much renting a house in Canada costs? Is it cheaper to live in Alberta compared to British Columbia? The following data visualization tracks the evolution of rental rates for various types of units (from bachelor suites to three-bedroom apartments) across different …

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YouTube’s most and least favourite coding languages

By callysto | August 23, 2023

Which programming language is most favourably received among YouTubers? Grades 6 – 12 Natural Language Processing (NLP), a computer science and linguistics subfield, aims to help computers comprehend human languages. Central to NLP is sentiment analysis: the process of figuring out whether a piece of text expresses positive, negative, or neutral feelings. We gauged YouTubers’ …

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Sunsets and sunrises

By callysto | August 3, 2023

Have you ever wondered how sunset, sunrise, and day lengths compare globally? Grades 5 – 9 This exercise visualizes the specific times at which the sun rises and sets in various geographical locations at different times of the year. These times vary depending on the rotation of the Earth on its axis, time zones, and …

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Wildfires in Canada

By callysto | July 24, 2023

What are the main sources of wildfires in Canada? Grades 5 – 9 Wildfires have recently become an urgent concern in Canada. They significantly decrease air quality and pose threats to ecosystems, human lives, and the environment. This week, we explore the various causes of wildfires in Canada, identifying the most destructive types. Moreover, we …

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Colourful Calgary cows

By callysto | July 11, 2023

Where are the colourful cows in Calgary? Grades 5 – 8 If you’ve ever strolled through the streets of Calgary and found yourself captivated by the sight of a large, vibrant cow statue, you’re not alone. These colourful cows are the outcome of the Udderly Art: Colourful Cows for Calgary project. Initiated by a group …

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History of residential schools

By callysto | June 19, 2023

Where were residential schools located in Canada and when did they operate? Grades 5 – 9 The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was created in 2008 to bring to light the experiences of Indigenous students in residential schools throughout Canada’s history. In December 2015, the TRC released its final report, providing a detailed …

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Costliest natural disasters

By callysto | May 30, 2023

What have been the most expensive natural disasters in Canada’s history? Grades 5 – 9 The costs of natural disasters can go beyond the immediate damage they cause. They can have both long-lasting economic and social impacts on affected communities. Understanding the costs associated with such events can help us better prepare for and respond …

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Creating GIFs with code

By callysto | May 10, 2023

How can you make a GIF using code? Grades 5 – 8 A GIF is essentially a collection of individual, successive images or snapshots, which are then “played” in sequence as frames in a movie. For graphing purposes, they can be used to show changes over time or to highlight specific aspects of a data …

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Was this the warmest January ever?

By callysto | May 10, 2023

January 2023 seemed quite warm, but was it the warmest ever January? Grades 5 – 12 This week, we hope to inspire you with a data visualization about the weather. In recent years, countries around the world have reported record-breaking temperatures during certain time periods. For many Canadians, this past January felt unusually warm. Our …

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