The University of Leeds has developed strategies to inspire students from diverse backgrounds to pursue a career in data science.
Science News at Leeds University reported that students of year eight in Calton Secondary School were taken on tour of Leeds’ data and computer facilities.
Both Leeds and Calton Secondary School had engaged in a collaboration which is a pilot for LIDA’s five year open Data Science for Schools Projects (LODSS) aiming to make the sector relatable to students and inspiring a new more diverse generation of data scientists.
During the tour students were taken through Leeds Institute of Data Analytics (LIDA), coding and acting as data experts on real-life issues, such as sustainable transport and improved health care.
Students also ventured into brain scanning and computer- generated environments at multi-use digital space Helix.
Students wore headsets as they used trail blazing equipment while allowing them to freely walk in the virtual world.
Data Scientist Development Programme, Kylie Norman, who also leads LODSS project said, “Our programmes give graduates and career changers opportunity to train on the job applying themselves to real-world data and typical research questions with the aim of societal inequalities.
Commenting on the event, Head of School of Calton Keighley Secondary School, Mark Turvey, expressed, “We are very happy to engage and work in partnership with LIDA and the University of Leeds on this pilot project.”
This presents our students with an opportunity to explore and discover opportunities by developing their awareness of the learning and skills and pathways in data science careers,” Turvey said.
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