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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Food Prices in Canada

By callysto | August 3, 2022

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

By callysto | June 14, 2022

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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MLB Pitchers and Pitch Types

By callysto | April 14, 2021

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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Twitch popularity for gamers

By callysto | March 17, 2021

How many gamers stream their videos on Twitch? Twitch is an online streaming platform that allows users to stream their activities (like gaming or chatting) with a global audience. It is advertised as the “world’s leading place” for gamers to stream their services. And that is just what we wanted to investigate: is Twitch really …

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Among Us Popularity

By callysto | March 10, 2021

When and how did “Among Us” become so popular? “Whodunit” board games like Clue have long been popular with kids. The same is now proving true with gaming apps. The online multiplayer game Among Us, which was released in June 2018, is a fun remix of the idea of “finding the imposter in the crowd”. …

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Time spent on video games

By callysto | March 3, 2021

How much time are Canadians spending on video games? What age levels spend the most time playing video games? And, how much is *too much* time playing video games? To answer our question we: Gathered data from Statistics Canada. Note, this data is from a 2010 survey so it would be interesting to see how …

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Arctic Sea Ice Levels

By callysto | February 23, 2021

How have Arctic sea ice levels changed over time? What is sea ice? Why is it important? This NASA article had great answers to both questions: “Sea ice is a frozen seawater that floats on the ocean surface. It forms in both the Arctic and the Antarctic in each hemisphere’s winter. This floating ice has …

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Land Use Across the Ages

By callysto | February 18, 2021

How have humans impacted land usage over time?  Get ready to look at data that’s millions of years old! We wondered how we could use data science to learn about they ways humans have interacted or changed the land around us. “Anthromes” refers to the kind of changes humans have made to land. Cities, farmlands, and …

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Data and Carbon Dioxide

By callysto | February 10, 2021

How does Canada’s CO2 emissions compare to other G7 countries? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas. This means it’s a “gas in the Earth’s atmosphere that traps heat.” Think about greenhouse gases as tents. If you’re camping, the tent covers you and keeps in warm air.  So where does CO2 come from? Commonly, it comes …

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Data Science and Climate Change

By callysto | February 4, 2021

How can we use data to look for evidence of climate change? When we think about climate change, temperature is a factor. Here’s a fun fact about temperature scales. When you hear people say, “degrees Fahrenheit”, did you know “Fahrenheit” was a person? Daniel Fahrenheit lived over 300 years ago and invented the mercury thermometer. Even …

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