13. Dig the Data


The word Dig can be a metaphor for thinking through a problem or issue or figuring something out so that you can make a decision based on your findings. In this Thing you will dig through the Quests to collect, organize and analyze data.

This Thing contains ten Quests. You will learn to create spreadsheets and charts, use formulas, and make decisions based on data. Dig In!

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this Thing you will:

  1. know how to analyze data and create different visual representations [Computational Thinker, Creative Communicator]

  2. understand how spreadsheets, charts and visual representations can help organize, evaluate, and present data [Knowledge Constructor]

  3. know different ways of organizing and sharing abstract representations of data [Creative Communicator]

Quests: 1-5: Party Planner

Quests One-Five will begin with the basics of creating a spreadsheet to plan a party.  You will then move on to advanced skills including charting and formulas.

Quests 6-10: Data Review & Analysis 

Quests Six-Ten involve collecting and analyzing data as you: interact with a spinner; use graphs and functions (in either Cell Phone Use, or Hungry Mungry); compare cell phone plans with whisker plots; investigate changes in over time using census data; and discover ways to sort and filter a music collection to create a 30 minute playlist.

***NOTE: For those new to Spreadsheets we suggest doing Quest 10, Sort It Out before Quest 6.

Quest 6: Spin Out

You will be using an interactive spinner to collect color data and creating a visual to represent your findings.

Quest 7: Just Function (Fx)

You will be using a spreadsheet to graph or chart information in either of the car cruising or cell phone use activities.

Quest 8: Whiskers

You will be analyzing data on cell phone plans for voice and text messaging using a Box and Whiskers plot, and making a creative advertisement to convince others that your analysis of national data represents the best phone plan.

Quest 9: Changes Over Time

You will be learning about how data is collected about the state you live in as well as other states in the US; the increasing or decreasing populations in certain states; where most people live in the US; and how to interpret graphic representations of data that may inform things such as career choices.

Quest 10: Sort It Out

You are going to manage the music for the DJ before the party begins. Your job is to sort the music in several ways and create a playlist.

Dig the Data for Gold

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