Interesting excerpt from this grant announcement:
“Data Champions – Projects that connect Native youth through apprenticeship or other models with the fields of technology, research, and evaluation as a means to develop their skills and knowledge to design and improve tribal data (information) and other systems to generate accurate and reliable tribal-level data that is meaningful for Native families and communities. Such projects could include peer-to-peer learning about the use of ‘data’ in national and local policy making; the value of connecting data across areas such as education, health, and justice systems to support programming and supports for Native youth; the development of model local data policies that address data collection and use at the tribal level in ways that are informed by youth priorities; and development of ‘promising practices’ in Native data collection and use that can inform how government agencies collect or create information in ways that support downstream information processing and dissemination activities to Native American communities.”
The Solar Poem Machine can be adapted to engaging Native American Youth. I created a solar light data collector from the machine recently
and plotted the data in R:
…also discovered that Alahandro, Henry’s 5 year old son loves playing Minecraft on the Solar Poem Machine. Here is a Guardian article on teaching sustainability in Minecraft.