Unit 3: Data Science


  • Everything we do with a computer is being broken down into some form of data.

  • One of the main powers of computers is their ability to handle data. This can be used in turn to solve problems such as raising awareness for a cause, using census data to determine which state will gain seats in the House of Representatives, or using traffic and cost data to determine the ideal location for a prom.

  • In the previous unit, we discussed how information is stored on a computer in binary and seamlessly translated into what is seen on the screen or heard through speakers.

  • In this unit, we will learn how data can be processed to learn something new.

Essential Questions

  • How can you predict the attendance at a school event using data gathered from social media?

  • When is it more appropriate to use a computer to analyze data than to complete the analysis by hand?