About DIY Data Art

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The DIY Data Art Project co-designs creative data literacy activities with librarians to build youth data literacy skills through short self-guided activities that use personal data as an entry point to data science. Some of the activities created are Emoji Data Stories, Gummy Bear Networks, Visual Community Timeline, Cell Phone Data Paper Pie Chart “Game of Phones”, and College Access Infographics, with the intent of engaging teens and tweens in thinking about data collection and visualization. These activities are a way to begin a process of data inquiry and analysis intended to shift the way youth think about data. The goal of DIY Data Art is to support youth in inquiring and investigating the world around them using arts and crafts as a way to engage with data. The project works directly with public librarians to design activities that help youth see the worth of data in a new, less intimidating way and as a gateway to understanding the potential of data for complex problem-solving.

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