Data Deductions in Festival’s DataFace Finals

DataFace is a competition led by Cheltenham Festivals that aims to equip students with the skills and confidence to interrogate data and present their findings creatively.

Starting in the Autumn Term, Year 9 were tasked with a small-group project to ‘work in teams to create a trustworthy, impactful, interesting and useful visualisation which uses data to tell a story of relevance to our times’.  Each Year 9 Form were supported through their project by three Year 12 Digital Leaders, who took the lead during the sessions and assisted students in completing their projects.

Our DataFace Semi-Final took place on Wednesday 25 April, a Flexible Learning Day dedicated to completing and presenting group projects. Students set about their data analysis and produced a piece of data art using real-world data for the DataFace 2024 competition. The groups created an A3 poster to explain their data art project and prepared their project presentation, which they delivered in their form groups. Judging this, Year 9 teachers selected a winning team from each Form to present their project to the whole year group.

For this five-team Final, our Judges were Karen Morris (Senior Consultant in Data and Analytics at Sopra Steria), who focused on how well each team has utilised data power skills in their projects, and Amy Barr (third-year undergraduate student of English Literature and Creative Writing), who judged how well students were able to tell impactful stories with their data.

Year 9 really enjoyed their day – and this entire project – and benefited hugely from the guidance of their Sixth Form mentors. There were some fascinating projects, including meticulously cut-out fish and footballs, lots of 3D-printed models to represent world happiness measures and even physical computing to represent data using light and colour… it was a hard task for the judges to select the winning team.

Congratulations to the team Data Deductions, who progressed to compete against 12 other schools at the DataFace Final at Cheltenham Science Festival on Monday 3 June, with their project showing how greenhouse gas emissions influence threatened animal and plant species.  The team were truly outstanding representatives of Pate’s, receiving much praise for their entry and presentation and were delighted to be placed Runners Up.

Following the event,  Fergus from Data Deductions commented,
“The DataFace competition was an opportunity to work as a team to produce a project that has a meaningful impact, while also learning many new skills. What I gained from this experience was the ability to analyse data.  As someone who had never done data analysis before, it was very interesting to learn about, and it was useful to expand my knowledge with a skill that is valued across the job market.”

Fellow team-mate Mahin added,
“The Dataface competition allowed me to explore a wide variety of presenting data in new, fascinating and creative ways, helping me to learn more about what we can do to represent and visualise the issues that we care about.  I gained the chance to work as a team and collaborate in order to artistically and accurately present a relevant question that we feel is important for young people like us to present.”