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Welcome to NYC School of Data — a community conference that demystifies the policies and practices around civic data, technology, and service design. This year’s conference concludes NYC’s annual Open Data Week & features 60+ sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community! Our conversations & workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood. Follow the conversation #nycSOdata on twitter and tune into our live stream (provided by the Internet Society New York Chapter).

To attend, you need to purchase tickets via eventbrite. Venue is fully accessible and content is all ages friendly — free, professional on-site childcare is provided for ALL participants! If you have accessibility questions or needs, please email us at < schoolofdata@beta.nyc >.

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Saturday, March 7 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Teaching Civics and Data — Making open data and data science meaningful for students

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Over the past two years, we've been learning more and more about how to introduce beginners into this field, specifically which barriers are real and which are imagined.

Upperline Code has co-designed two courses designed foster a love of data science among students who are just starting to explore this field:
  • CS and the City, in collaboration with the NYC DOE and BetaNYC: In this course, students to see how they can use front-end tools like React.js to present their findings about the city they live in and advocate for change based on the conclusions they draw. Bayside teacher Renne Castro will present some student artifacts.
  • Data Science 1, in collaboration with Women in Tech New York (WiTNY) and Google: In this course, students use Python, Pandas, SciKit, and Keras to do exploratory data analysis, predictive analysis, create visualizations, and train some basic machine learning models. Students Yessenia Guerrero and Sundus Khan will present their final project from this two-week course. 
Presentation available at bit.ly/csandthecityslides

Speakers
avatar for Renne Castro

Renne Castro

Teacher / Director, NYC Schools
Renne has taught computer science at Bayside High School since 2002 where he transformed a modest offering of Microsoft Applications and Introduction to Computer Science using Visual Basic 6 to a four year sequence of study in computer science. Students start with an appreciation... Read More →
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Jeff Olson

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Upperline Code
Jeff began his career as in 2011, as an English teacher in Phoenix, Arizona with Teach For America, and earned his M.Ed. in secondary education from Arizona State University. Jeff taught in public high schools for five years before transitioning to work full-time as a curriculum developer... Read More →


Saturday March 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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