With funding from Lucas Education Research (LER), a division of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, this site and its resources were developed through a collaboration between the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California, Berkeley, and Agile Mind as part of an effort to advance potential career pathways for students who may not yet see themselves entering a STEM field. These open-access resources introduce educators and students to data science concepts and the research that demonstrates the importance of understanding how data can be used to understand the real world.
We seek to engage more diverse populations of learners and increase representation of members from underserved student populations in the field of data science by introducing students to concepts and skills that empower them to view themselves as agents of change and as critical thinkers in our data-enabled world.
About the Collaborators
The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin
The Dana Center is an organized research unit in the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin with almost three decades experience in education research in math and science education. The Dana Center brings strong expertise in the areas of curriculum development, professional learning, and influencing policy related to math and science education across the K-16 spectrum. The Dana Center serves as the primary authors of the mathematics content in Agile Mind curriculum programs and is driven by the desire for all learners to have access to high quality curriculum.
The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley
The Berkeley team brings expertise in data science content and curriculum development, working with college students, a STEM teacher preparation program, CalTeach, and a summer program, Berkeley Unboxing Data Science (BUDS), aimed at engaging high school students in data science projects. The BUDS program aims to teach students not only how to perform data analysis, but also how to critically examine the data and technology in their daily lives.
For 20 years, Agile Mind has served schools and districts across the nation—particularly those least well served by our education system— with high-quality teaching and learning resources in middle and high school math and science. Agile Mind has collaborated with key researchers and educator authors to develop core mathematics programs, assessment tools, professional learning pathways, and related supplemental resources from 6th grade through AP Calculus and Statistics, as well as programs that integrate social and emotional learning competencies with academic learning.