Data Science Summer Institute 2024

July 8 - July 12, 2024


Join us at NCSSM-Morganton for a weeklong workshop for teachers interested in learning more about teaching data science at the high school and/or introductory college levels. No previous experience in data science or programming is required for participation! Conference is free for participants with meals provided most days! 


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Workshop Overview

The week will include sessions on defining data science, learning data science content, understanding how data science can fit into your schools curriculum and requirements, and getting familiar with popular data science tools used in education. You can expect the sessions to be interactive and hands-on. Some sessions may ask you to get outside and collect data (weather permitting!), and then come back in the classroom to practice using your newly acquired data science skills. 

Application Timeline

Funding for Travel/Lodging Available

Thanks to generous support from Cisco, limited travel funding is available for applicants selected to attend. 

We ask that participants who work at a school with funds devoted for professional development do their best to utilize school funds to cover travel and lodging whenever possible. This allows us to maximize our funding for those teachers who don't have access to professional development funds at their schools.

New This year: Two Ability Groupings

This year, we're excited to offer two ability tracks for our participants! 

Beginner Track

For teachers who are completely new or still getting started in teaching data science, we suggest signing up for "Beginner" track. The track will provide attendees an overview of data science at the middle/high-school level, cover the basics of data collection and wrangling, hypothesis testing through simulation, and making predictions from data. Additionally, attendees will learn about a variety of tools to use in their classroom, like Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP), Jupyter Notebooks, and the trusted spreadsheet.

Advanced Track

For teachers who have been to the workshop in the past, or are looking to dig into more of the nitty gritty of data science coursework should sign up for the "Advanced" track. Attendees can expect working time for developing developing activities / curriculum, in-depth programming tutorials, and information about setting up computing infrastructure at your school. Additionally, advanced track attendees will have a few specialized sessions from outside presenters to learn how data science is used in research and industry.

Anticipated Schedule

Monday, July 8th

12:00pm - 1:00pm Check-in begins

1:00pm - 2:00pm Opening Session

2:00pm - 4:00pm Workshop Session

Tuesday, July 9th - Thursday, July 11th

8:30am - 9:00am Coffee served

9:00am - 10:30am Workshop Session

10:30am - 10:45am Coffee Break

10:45am - 12:00pm Workshop Session

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch (provided)

1:00pm - 4:00pm Speaker Sessions

Friday, July 12th (Looking to the Future)

8:30am - 9:00am Coffee served

9:00am - 11:30am Speaker Sessions

11:30am - 12:00pm Closing session