Analyzing & Interpreting Data Across STEM Disciplines

In the age of Big Data, the ability to analyze and interpret data is becoming increasingly important. Explore a range of DRK-12 productswithin and across STEM disciplinesthat are designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking that students will need as data literate citizens and/or data-enabled professionals.

Grade Levels: 6-14
CODAP is a free, online, open source data exploration, visualization, and analysis platform that is being used in classrooms and by STEM projects to engage students with data. Sample data sets and activities are available as well as support for bringing in your own data sets that could be used as the basis for new student investigations. Learn more in this video. (NSF Award # 1435470)

Data Nuggets LogoData Nuggets
Grade Levels: K-12
Data Nuggets are free classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers, that bring real data from current and ongoing research into the classroom. The activities guide students through identifying hypotheses and predictions, visualizing and interpreting data, making evidence-based claims, and asking their own questions for future research. (NSF Award # 1503005, 1503211)

InquirySpace LogoInquirySpace
Grade Levels: 9-12
InquirySpace supports essential scientific practices such as collecting and analyzing data by integrating probeware, video analysis tools, and data exploration capabilities into a unified technology environment and scaffolding teachers and learners toward generating and conducting their own extended, inquiry-based investigations. (NSF Award # 1621301)

Ocean Tracks LogoOcean Tracks
Grade Levels: 9-14
Explore top predators' movements through the Pacific Ocean, learn about human impacts on marine environments, and discover how oceanographic conditions can affect marine life using authentic tracking and environmental data in the Ocean Tracks curriculum and platform. Learn more in this video. (NSF Award # 1222220, 1222413)

TI Sensor Tag LogoTI Sensor Tag
Grade Levels: 9-12
Students use WiFi-linked sensor tags to collect environmental data in their schoolyard and then analyze and interpret their data using data tables and graphs in the ITSI activity. Learn more about the Model My Watershed project and TI sensor probeware in this video. (NSF Award # 14175271417722, and 1418133)

TCMSTransition to College Mathematics and Statistics
Grade Level: 12
Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics (TCMS) is a problem-based, inquiry-oriented, and technology-rich fourth-year high school mathematics course that emphasizes modeling and data analytics, including the processes of problem formulation, data collection, representation, interpretation, prediction, and simulation supported by strategic use of TCMS-Tools, a suite of public domain software tools concurrently developed and integrated with the curriculum materials. (NSF Award # 1020312)

Grade Levels: 5-9

The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) offers teachers and students a web-based, interactive set of units covering NGSS goals that support diverse students to interpret, critique, and construct graphs; enable students to explore graphs  of complex scientific phenomena such as thermodynamics; and offer teachers a dashboard showing individual student progress during instruction, a grading tool, and ways to customize instruction. Example units: Thermal Challenge and Ocean Biodiversity. (NSF Award # 1418423)

Visit our related Spotlight on STEM Practices: Modeling in Science Education for additional resources.