The SPIDAS Project

Strategic Partnerships for Innovation in Data Analytics in Schools

We are partnering with local and international colleagues to research Data Analytics in schools. Whilst Big Data is a bit of a buzz word and has the potential to have a meaningful impact, it’s only any use if our workforce has the skills and creativity needed to turn it into insight and action.

Our Research

We will implement our teaching of data analytics through student-centred, problem-based learning, focusing on the impacts of weather and climate change. We will use design-based research methodology and a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, including interviews, assessments, student logs, observation and focus groups in order to evaluate our teaching.

Research Partners

Led by the University of Exeter, SPIDAS brings together a network of three universities, nine schools and colleges and the Met Office.

  • Exeter College  (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Exeter University (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Broadclyst Primary Academy Trust  (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • St James School  (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Exeter Mathematics School (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Universidad de Lleida (SPAIN)
  • Institut Guindavols (SPAIN)
  • Collegi Claver Raimat Jesuites (SPAIN)
  • Collegi Maristes Montserrat (SPAIN)
  • Pamukkale Universitesi (TURKEY)
  • Tavas Anadolu Lisesi (TURKEY)
  • Pamukkale Merkez Ortaokulu (TURKEY)

More information can be found by reading the SPIDAS Blog.

BPA Research

Our first cohort of students partnered with the University of Exeter and other local 6th form students to investigate whether it was possible to reduce levels of BPA through diet-restriction.  Since completing the study, two papers have been published in academic journals with more expected to follow. Further details can be found here.

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