Bootstrap:Data Science Workshop - Ankeny, IA 2019

As part of the Iowa STEM Scale-Up Program, we are bringing Bootstrap:Data Science to Iowa educators. Thanks to support from the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, we are offering a three-day Bootstrap:Data Science workshop to awardee teachers from all across the state of Iowa.

Location: Central Rivers AEA Office
909 South 12th Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158

Date: December 12 - 14, 2019
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Cost: No cost for STEM Scale-Up Awardees
Parking: TBA

Who is this for?

This training is for 9th-12th grade math teachers and other teachers with an interest in integrating data science in their classroom. No programming experience required!

What is Bootstrap:Data Science?

In Bootstrap:Data Science, students form their own questions about the world around them, analyze data using multiple methods, and write a research paper about their findings. The module covers functions, looping and iteration, data visualization, linear regression, and more. Social studies, science, and business teachers can utilize this module to help students make inferences from data. Math teachers can use this module to introduce foundational concepts in statistics, and it is aligned to the Data standards in CS Principles. The final project in Bootstrap:Data Science can be used as the Create Task for AP CS Principles!

This series of modules can be taught as a separate, standalone STEM or CS class or can be integrated into a mainstream math, science, social science, or business class, delivered by a teacher with little to no prior CS experience.

What will the workshop include?

In this 3 day workshop, attendees will go through the curriculum as a student with the support and guidance from the facilitors. They will explore Data Science modules by forming meaningful questions and analyzing data to answer those questions. By using the Pyret programming environment, visualization tools, and filtering methods, they'll develop the foundation for the culminating research paper about their findings.


The facilitators will also provide proven classroom strategies and supplements, as well as helping individual teachers make a plan for integrating the curriculum into their unique classroom environment.

What do teachers need to bring?

  • Laptop or Chromebook + charging cable
  • Pen or pencil
  • Lunch
  • Excitement!
  • Learn more at our website.