From the TED Blog, a challenge for students, inspired by the global TEDxYouthDay weekend:
Are a student between the ages of 13-18? Then TEDYouth wants you to become a Data Detective!
TEDYouth, TED’s part in the global TEDxYouthDay weekend, is a day-long event in NYC for high school students — with live speakers, hands-on activities and demos, and great conversations.
As part of the TEDxYouthDay weekend, TED speaker Rick Smolan has presented youth with a challenge: to help take on “big data.”
Every day, each of us produces a constant stream of data. Little snippets are left behind of what we search, what we buy, where we go and what we tweet — and that is just for starters. This endless flow of numbers is referred to as “big data” — data sets so large that they require sophisticated parsing to give meaning. But big data has the potential to tell us a lot about ourselves — unearthing patterns in information flow, energy consumption, weather patterns, disease spread, education trends, and more.
At first glance, big data may not sound like a topic for teenagers, but Rick is on a mission to make it not just accessible, but fun. So, he is asking students between the ages of 13 and 18 to become “Data Detectives.”
For anyone in the age range, becoming a Data Detective is easy. By answering a 20-question online survey, you’ll be helping to build a data set that will allow you to compare themselves to other teens all over the world. Sample questions from the survey include: “Are you more like your mother or father?” “How do your parents discipline you for bad behavior?” “How do you get to school: by bus, public transportation, limo, donkey, or skateboard?” The survey is anonymous and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Over the next few weeks, as more and more students donate their information and time, the data will compound. On November 12th, the Data Detectives website will be open for business, allowing students to visualize the data in real time, with explosive animation by R/GA.
The juiciest insights from the data set will be shared at TEDYouth on November 17 in New York City, as well as at the almost 100 TEDxYouthDay events happening worldwide the same weekend.
For a link to the survey and more information, visit the TED Blog here: http://blog.ted.com/2012/10/25/calling-all-teens-become-a-data-detective/