High School Students: Explore Statistics and Data Science at Florence Nightingale Day 2022

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Florence Nightingale is widely known as the founder of modern nursing, but she was also a ground-breaking statistician who is credited with inventing the pie chart.

If you are high school student in the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia who will be in grades 10 to 12 in Fall 2022, we invite you to follow in her footsteps by exploring statistics and data science at Florence Nightingale Day 2022 this coming October.

We—the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) and the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU)—are organizing this special day just for you.

You’ll have a chance to try fun hands-on activities and listen to panel discussions by university students and university and industry professionals.

Plus, you will be able to talk to university students about their experiences and interest in studying statistics.

The day has three goals:

  • To give you an understanding of the strong benefits of studying statistics for your future career path
  • To give you a glimpse of what studying statistics in university is like
  • To promote diversity in statistics and data science by encouraging and inspiring students from all communities to explore statistics

We’ll be posting more information about this event and how you can participate soon. Stay tuned!

About Florence Nightingale Day 

Florence Nightingale Day was launched in the U.S. in 2018 and has expanded to multiple locations in the U.S. and Canada since then. It will be celebrated in British Columbia for the first time in October 2022.

The B.C. event will engage high school students with a range of fun hands-on activities to encourage them to develop their own understanding of statistical concepts. Students will get to hear from statistics and data scientist students as well as professionals in industry about their careers and experiences. Panelists will speak about their own time working in different areas of statistical sciences, potential career paths, and higher education in the field. Students will have the opportunity to explore the field and have their questions answered during the session through lively conversations. The day is meant to mix engaging activities with friendly discussions to offer a prospective future in statistical and data sciences. Lunch will also be provided for the students and teachers attending.

Check out these photos from the Florence Nightingale Day celebration organized by CANSSI Ontario and the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto on April 9, 2022.

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