What is Data Science?


Are you interested in learning how you can apply coding to understand the world around you?

Coding and computer science play a large role in all fields of science today. In this full day youth workshop, you will learn great skills that will come in handy no matter what career path you choose. After this workshop, you will be able to use information that is all around us to create new knowledge. This event is the first of its kind put on by the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) who work to engage youth in science. The workshop would not be possible without the financial support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

In this full-day workshop, you will:

  • Learn from experts in fields such as bioinformatics, computer programming, biodiversity, and more.
  • Play with real data collected throughout the day, scientific research and publically available data.
  • Explore the concepts behind coding that will make you a better coder no matter your skill level.
  • Use your new skills to solve a mystery!


  • Date: Saturday, September 23rd
  • Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm (Doors open at 8:45am)
  • Restrictions: Open to anyone age 15-19.
  • Location: Science World at Telus World of Science, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
  • Free event with pre-registration required. Limited seats!

Registration Open August 23rd. Follow this link to the Eventbrite page. 

Meet some of your instructors!

What are instructors are saying about the workshop

I’m looking forward to having fun and sharing the excitement of data science and programming with the young learners. I can’t wait to show the students the power of these disciplines combined through hands on activities.” – Eric Chu

Data analysis requires a different way of thinking about problems, and there are often many solutions to a given question. This allows for a type of problem-solving that is creative and flexible, which is hard to learn from a textbook. Our workshop is designed to teach the basics of data science in a fun, hands-on manner.” – Erica Acton

It will be a fun opportunity to learn about data in the “real-world” without the pressure of tests!” – Simon Goring

I am excited to creatively discuss new ideas and brainstorm solutions to data problems with the workshop participants.” -Mairin Deith

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