How to use research datasets in the classroom
- Mon, November 23, 2020
- 05:00 AM - 06:30 AM
- Free Event
This workshop explores the importance of using complex real-world datasets in the classroom to build the analytical skills of students and create broader contexts for mathematical skills. Our increasingly data-driven world often requires the ability to interpret data and statistics in order to stay informed and to avoid misinformation. Introducing students to complex, real-world datasets enables them to better understand data and the various representations and empowers them to undertake their own analysis, building lifelong data literacy skills and capability.
CSIRO Education provides a range of educational dataset resources derived from CSIRO research data and adjusted for classroom usage. These resources cover a range of research areas and vary in dataset complexity. During this session, these Educational Dataset resources will be discussed in detail, with an overview of their relevance to the Australian Curriculum and a deep dive into the contents of several of the resources, examining the skill development and real-world links afforded by each.
Special guest, Dr James Foster (Research Scientist, CSIRO Energy) will discuss the way that mathematical skills contribute to scientific knowledge, are critical in software development and data interpretation and are used in his role on a daily basis. Dr. Foster is a member of the Energy Economic Modelling team, and a specialist in mathematical optimisation and data analytics in the field of energy systems. He and his team provide modelling tools to support research into the production, transport and consumption of energy on national and global scales.
Dr James Foster
James Foster is a member of the CSIRO Energy Economic Modelling team, and a specialist in mathematical optimisation and data analytics applied to energy systems. He and his team provide modelling tools to support research into the production, transport and consumption of energy on national and global scales, studying least-cost pathways to sustainable energy use. James received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2014.
Graeme Buckie is a member of the CSIRO Education and Outreach team, working in the New Projects area, where he has worked on the development and delivery of CSIRO Educational Datasets, STEM X Teacher Workshops and CREST. Prior to joining CSIRO, he taught computing and software development at the primary and secondary levels in a number of NSW public schools. He has a keen interest in building data literacy to improve decision making and understanding in students.