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Re: [DCPython] tips for organizing scientific data for Grade 5 project?

From: Jonathan F.
Sent on: Friday, February 15, 2013 11:39 AM
Thanks, David!

Based on your advice, I made this mockup:



On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM, David Greisen <[address removed]> wrote:
Sounds like a fun project. I think by far the easiest and most scalable would be to use google spreadsheets. Use one spreadsheet for all the schools. Create a form (tools -> create a form) so that a student can easily enter their log data every day. Now you have all the data from all the schools. if the form requires the student to select their school, then you can segment by that or use all the data. The forms also make it easy to ensure data integrity. If you want to do some fancy analysis, then you can export the data in csv and analyze it with python.


On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM, Jonathan Fichter <[address removed]> wrote:
Our school is one of a number of schools up and down the East Coast that participates in this project. Basically, we get fish eggs, watch them hatch, and have students record a lot of data about them. It's useful because some schools have lots of success with hatching, some don't, and the data we gather could help us find out why.

Right now, though, schools don't centralize their data, so their sample size is limited.

We would love to have a collective data pool with the capabilities of sorting based on different variables so that kids can see the effects of individual variables in the results. How the percentage of survival is affected by temp, chlorine or nitrate levels, and other things like that.

The other schools might be willing to team up on this, and maybe we could take the lead.

Does anyone have good tips about how to organize and house the data? Maybe something simple that Grade 5 students could help out with? Right now, they're good at Excel, Google Sites, and Google Spreadsheets, but we could tech them a few more things if necessary. We have a windows and Linux server at our school that isn't super powerful, but maybe cloud-based sharing is best anyway?

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated!

I'm a Python rookie, so feel free to give me tips if I'm not asking all of the right questions, too.



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