In classrooms across the United States, science experiments are often the core experience through which middle and high school students gain experience with the scientific method, experimental processes, and recording data. However, an accessible data analysis tool for teachers and students to simplify data collection and get students familiar with basic data analysis has yet to be widely implemented in schools. “In all of my experiences working with teachers, I saw the piece that they were really missing was that they didn’t have a tool for students to analyze this data… and the role of data analysis is going to become increasingly larger in solving the world’s most pressing problems,” explains Aaron Reedy.
Aaron is the co-founder of DataClassroom, a 2018 i.Lab company building a web application designed for students in grades 6 through 12 to learn data skills by recording and analyzing data they collect through science experiments. By making DataClassroom available to students, Aaron hopes to prepare them for a world that is rapidly gaining massive interest in the information to be gleaned from data analysis. “People are really waking up to the power of big data and data analysis,” Aaron comments, “and it’s just permeating every industry.”
Aaron wants to equip students with the tools they need to succeed and innovate in a future that will be fueled more and more by data. But that’s not all -- Aaron also wants to enable teachers to dream up bigger and bolder experiments and manage them effectively.
“Data has recently become the world’s most valuable commodity,” Aaron says enthusiastically. “It’s everywhere, and… I think it’s pretty easy to say, yeah, this is important, these data skills are valuable for kids to have. If we want people as adults to have these data skills and apply them to pressing problems, the time to start teaching that is not when you get to a university course. There’s no reason to wait. I think that the education system is calling for data skills, but teachers and schools are struggling to figure out how to integrate it right now, and I hope DataClassroom can be part of that answer.”
To facilitate more growth for DataClassroom, one hope Aaron has is that his time at the i.Lab incubator this summer will allow him to progress even faster by expanding his network. “It’s clear that… the connections that you make here at the i.Lab can really accelerate things,” says Aaron.
More information about DataClassroom will soon be available at dataclassroom.com.