Building sensors, collecting data and working in programming languages such as Processing, Arduino and Python. Data Science is hip and can not be ignored from the future.
During the JADS Data Science Summer School, children from 9 to 14 years became acquainted in a simple way with acquiring and processing data and programming. My 9 year old son also took part in this. He had no experience with programming or data science. He still talks about it with pleasure. Research shows that pupils who already come into contact with technology in an enthusiastic manner later choose a study in that direction, according to technology talent.
In 2016, JADS, a collaboration between TiU and TU / e in the field of data science. A private location was opened in Den Bosch in the Mariënburg monastery. About 40 children came together in the middle of the summer from 23 to 26 July. They learned by playing games and hockey, so working on data in a sporting, fun way. During all games and hockey, data was collected by sensors or via time. This was entered into Google Spreadsheets and the children started to analyze this. Eventually it was presented to all parents during a pitch round.
One of the speakers was the Dutch hockey player Maartje Krekelaar. Thanks to the Rabobank sponsors, Hockey club ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Smartgoals and Koningstheater, the Summerschool was free for all participants. An increasing number of universities and colleges are organizing Summer Schools in the Netherlands. Whether or not for free. Hopefully this will be even more. Preferably free or at a reduced rate so that children of the less fortunate can participate.
When government, industry and education come together you get a right mix to give the new generation of employees / professionals a baggage with which they can change society in a positive way. This is also called the triple helix. T riple helix stands for cooperation between government, companies and education. This promotes both the collection, the sharing and the application of knowledge.
A good example of this is the “Partners in Education” concept of Fontys Hogeschool ICT in Eindhoven and Tilburg. For more than ten years, there has been intensive collaboration with the business community. In this way Fontys ICT is able to provide innovative and inspiring education. This cooperation is not an afterthought or a non-committal undertaking. It is precisely by involving companies intensively in education that the curriculum becomes more meaningful for both the student and the lecturer. And ultimately also for business. At the moment there are 100 companies that have signed a covenant and invest hours in education.
In the future, I believe in a campus where companies, education and government will jointly achieve goals so that everyone can benefit from it.