Data Science is part of our everyday lives without even knowing it. It is part of almost all activities that we do that’s why it is essential to introduce it as topics in schools to further understand the importance of data sciences in this age of digitization.

Content on central topics of digitization such as big data and data science, which are suitable for school lessons or self-directed educational measures, has so far been missing from the Siemens Stiftung media portal. However, they are urgently needed to turn passive users into responsible decision-makers. Numerous people recognize this on an individual level in their everyday life.

Data Science In Education

Dealing with digitization at an early stage is also part of the educational mandate of schools. This was decided by the Kultusministerkonferenz ( KMK): Nationwide, learners should deal with topics such as big data. The curricula and educational plans of the federal states have therefore long had numerous starting points for digitization topics, while there is a lack of comprehensive, varied and tailored content for the school context.

We have therefore identified topics that are currently of central importance to society – big data and Data Science Skills Assessment is among them – and developed a content-based and didactic concept for how such a complex topic can be processed as a self-contained media package. Because in order to develop so-called digital competence, understanding is first of all central. Suitable materials must be available for this.

The media package on the topic of big data contains introductory materials and practical examples, takes up social challenges and opportunities. It contains both basic and in-depth content and establishes references to everyday life: texts and illustrations define the term and at the same time create association spaces in which learners can develop their own ideas on partial aspects of the topic and then test their knowledge acquisition themselves.

An explanatory film creates references to everyday life, while experts answer questions in audio interviews on data protection, for example. A detailed pedagogical guide shows teachers and multipliers how they can use the materials. This means that not only information is available. Rather, the contents arouse curiosity and desire to deal with the topics.

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