Have you ever wondered how computers learn, and what it means to work with “big data”?
First, meet Tatiana to learn why data science matters today, and then join the Data Decoders to teach a computer to “see” plants and make a model for testing out a new fertilizer, with a goal to improve lives through science. Grab your science notebook to take notes as you go, and then share your discoveries with others!
Learn Why Research Matters
Tatiana loves listening to the sounds of the forest and is studying the impact of sustainable logging on biodiversity in tropical forests, but she can’t do her work alone. She makes use of a computer science tool built by the Solís-Lemus Lab to help “see” sounds of the forest and count how many animals are there.
Questions to Consider:
Yuren in the Solís-Lemus Lab is using code to give the computer instructions about what to do with Tatiana’s animal recordings. Have you done any computer programming or coding before? How do you tell a computer what you’d like it to do?
Tatiana had an overwhelming amount of data to analyze before she got help from Yuren, who created a computer program that could process her ‘big data’ in just a week! When else have you heard about computers analyzing large amounts of data? What would you need to do this for?
“Yuren is a data scientist, and she is taking information I gathered and teaching computers to identify animal sounds. I’m very excited because it would probably take me my entire life to [analyze] all the recordings, but this program will do it in like a week!”
Meet The Scientists
There are 4 cards to read.
I mentor and train the students and researchers in my lab, and I guide the development of scientific products like papers and presentations. 📋
I am one of the graduate students that develop new methods to analyze data. 💻
I am a research assistant in the lab. Most of my job involves programming, but I also do things like reading, writing, and creating/interpreting graphs. 📊
I work on training computers to analyze data. This means that I modify data inputs, test the training outputs, and revise the ways to prepare the data, over and over again… 👩💻
Learn About the Lab
Ever wonder what scientists do every day, or what kind of equipment they use in their lab? Here’s your chance to ask them! Explore responses from members of the Solís-Lemus Lab to learn more about what research really looks like!
Science Practices Activity
Join lab researcher Yunyi as he collaborates with plant biologist Matilda to make a model that can support her data analysis. Can you help Yunyi teach a computer to see a cabbage plant, and then help Matilda know how well a new fertilizer tested on cabbages is working?
Norman Yuson Cuaño
Science Education Consultant
Travis Tangen, WID
Kevin Anderson, PhD, DPI
Educator Guide and Activities
Thanks to our participating scientists
Claudia Solis-Lemus, PhD
Morgridge Institute for
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Director of Education
Director of Television
The Prairie School
Wind Point, WI
Notre Dame School of Milwaukee
Wedgewood Park Middle School
Merrill Middle School
Waunakee Intermediate School
West Allis Central High School
West Allis, WI
Funding Provided By
Timothy William Trout Education Fund
a gift of Monroe and Sandra Trout
Focus Fund for Education
Friends of PBS Wisconsin