The Introduction to Data Science (IDS) Project
UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District received a National Science Foundation grant in 2010 to create more innovative teaching and learning experiences through technology. This led to the creation of the Introduction to Data Science (IDS) project, which provides high school teachers with dynamic data education resources that help position high school students for college readiness and career success.
The IDS curriculum today is used by 151 high schools across 74 school districts in the United States, Australia, and Kuwait, reaching more than 42,000 students worldwide since 2014.
But success wasn’t immediate.
The original intent was to integrate data skills into existing algebra, biology, and computer science courses. Teachers found it challenging to incorporate new material into their already packed curriculum, however, and the initiative turned towards leveraging the emerging Common Core Standards that increased the call for statistics education in high school. An entirely new course was written to the statistics and probability standards with a focus on technology-based learning that could support modern-day data possibilities.
“The ultimate goal was to bring 21st century data science teaching and learning to K-12 education”, says Suyen Machado, Director, UCLA K-12 Data Science Education.