NY Hall of Science and Political Speech

I wrote about our data vis activity last week, but here it is again (this time, with pictures!).

Sweta and I partnered together to devise a data-related activity for young visitors to the New York Hall of Science in Queens. The entire class was tasked with coming up with an activity that would be engaging for the youth and hands on, with materials that could be readily available. We began by brainstorming what kids are interested in and we settled on something animal or nature related.

We might have slightly misunderstood the assignment because we tried to focus on using a web based dataset. We stumbled upon an interesting dataset through NYC Open Data that detailed every single tree in every borough. Both of us, as people who grew up in the suburbs, figured that city children would have a very different relationship with trees and nature than we did. We wanted to explore that in some way. 

We didn't quite get around to devising the full activity since we had far too many ideas floating around to condense in such a short time period. in essence, we thought building a garden with recyclable materials, or "planting" their tree on a map of New York would be something fun to do. We also thought maybe there was a way to incorporate elements of the project Manahatta, where children could see the city now and how many trees used to be where they are right now/where they live/where they go to school pre-settlement. 

For the midterm, Helen and I are planning to do a project related to the upcoming Presidential elections. She had an idea about the data visualization equivalent of a debate drinking game. The details of our project can be found here

As for the bubble chart tutorial, I am still making my way through it. 

Sriya Sarkar