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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Holiday Lights in Canada

By callysto | December 15, 2020

How popular are LED holiday lights in Canada? In addition to holiday music (which we talked about in last week’s visualization) the holidays are often marked by people decorating their homes with lights. We wondered how popular light emitting diode (LED) lights were in Canada, for holiday decor. Fun fact: LEDs are often known for …

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Popular Holiday Tunes

By callysto | December 8, 2020

Are there other holiday songs that are as popular as, ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ ?   You’ve likely heard this holiday tune before. If you haven’t, play the YouTube video above. This single is by American singer-song writer Mariah Carey. According to Wikipedia, this song is, “the bestselling Christmas single by a …

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Data Science and Memes

By callysto | December 2, 2020

Have you ever wondered what meme data looks like? We answered that question by looking at a dataset based on data from the “WeRateDogs” Twitter account. The dataset was created by Greg Baker, a Computing Science instructor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia (BC). Greg’s inspiration for the dataset came from an article written …

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COVID-19 and Log Scales

By callysto | November 26, 2020

Have you ever wondered how you can use data to learn about the growth of COVID-19 cases? We answered that question by looking at how long it takes for reported COVID-19 cases to double in Canada. We did this by plotting them using a logarithmic or “log” scale on a line graph. We created two …

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Popular Video Games

By callysto | November 20, 2020

Have you ever wondered what the most popular video games are?  This week, we explored that question by creating two pie charts using Wikipedia data about: Number of players for specific games (first pie chart) Video game sales (second pie chart) Reflect on what you see Look and interact with the data visualizations above. When …

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The Cost of the First World War

By callysto | November 11, 2020

Recommended grade level: 6-12 Have you ever wondered how World War I impacted Canada? Remembrance Day is an opportunity to recognize the impact of the First and Second World Wars. During the week of November 11, 2020, we explored some of World War I’s (WWI) impact on Canada by using data from the Canadian War …

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