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STATWARS – How to get young people excited about data

Listen to our latest DataXpresso podcast to find out how STATWARS is inspiring young people in education to engage with data.

“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.” These words from Barack Obama can be applied to many different sectors and areas of expertise. They ring particularly true though, when it comes to the work that the STATWARS project is doing with young people to get them engaged with data and learn how to use it positively in their lives and societies.

STATWARS, a project run by not-for-profit organization, Primary Engineer, runs two challenges for school pupils, intended to promote skills, understanding and a love of data. Whether they focus on the climate change challenge or the task to develop a concept for their own successful TV show or film, the creative data-driven solutions that these children come up with cannot fail to inspire.

As a supporter of STATWARS, the team at Exasol decided to shine a light on some of the great work that is being done as part of these competitions. And who better to talk to about this than Dr Susan Scurlock, Founder and CEO of Primary Engineer.  

Listen to the episode we recorded with Susan here:

Find out more about STATWARS and Primary Engineer

If you want to get involved, either as a school or an organization keen to support the project, head over to the STATWARS website.

There’s also a great range of projects run by the wider Primary Engineer team, so if you want to get inspired or actively take part, you can do so here.

Learn more about data in education

If you want to dig deeper into what young people around the world think about the data-focused skills they’ve developed through the course of their education, our research ‘D/NATIVES: The future of your business’  is a great place to start.

To give you a taster, 55% of the young people surveyed agree, or strongly agree, that their ability to understand data will be as vital to their future as their ability to read and write. Read the book here.