Teaching data science through the lens of social justice issues

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Girls Inc. of New York City and the Elsevier Foundation partner to teach girls data analytics skills.

High school students Maryrose and Ester analyze data after compiling it from a database on out-of-school suspension rates in America. (© girlsinnyc.org)

When Esther, a native of the Bronx, started high school, she struggled with math. The difficulties she experienced fed into her frustration, causing her to lose confidence in a vicious cycle.

“I noticed people understanding the problems and getting the answer quicker than I was, and that was really discouraging. It made me more insecure about my math skills, and everything just become harder and harder.”

Unfortunately, Ester’s experience is not unique. This, and other factors, have led to a dearth of women in the STEM workforce – a problem Girls Inc and the Elsevier Foundation are addressing with a new program in New York City.