On April 22, 2016, six freshmen represented Propel Andrew Street in a Data Jam competition at the University of Pittsburgh. Over several weeks of preparation, students researched the question:
“What is the correlation between race, class and drug-related incarceration rates in the greater Pittsburgh area?” To support this inquiry, all ninth-grade students studied Alexander’s text The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in their social studies class with teacher Olavé Sebastien and explored statistical analysis in their math classes with teacher Christina Graham. This exploration was also supported by Andrew Street’s partnership with Youth Leading Change, whose consultants provided learning resources for students and ongoing professional development for staff.
- “The Data Jam competition allows our students to interact with big data in a way that is relevant to their lives and pertinent to the IT and social science fields. Through applied math, statistics and data analytics, students are exposed to a world of career options that will distinguish them as leaders in the next generation of data-savvy professionals” (Angela Allie, Principal)
- “Watching these students throughout this process (and especially on Friday) was one of the truest and most visible examples of learning that I have seen as a teacher” (Joe Krafczynski, ASHS Staff Sponsor).