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High School Students: Explore Statistics and Data Science at Florence Nightingale Day 2023

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For High School Students

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 Spring 2023, we invite you to follow in her footsteps by exploring statistics and data science at Florence Nightingale Day 2023 on February 3, 2023.

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

Interested in participating as a student? Sign up here if you would like to attend on your own.

Schedule of Activities

(All times are Pacific Time)

10:00–10:15Welcome Talk
10:15–11:00Undergraduate and Graduate Student Panel
11:15–12:30Interactive Activities
 1:15–2:00Panel of Professional Women
2:15–3.15SFU Campus Tour

For Teachers

If you would like to bring a class of students to this event, we can make it easy by providing transportation and free lunch for your students.

Interested in participating as a teacher? Sign up here and we’ll get in touch.

For Volunteers

We are looking for individuals to help us plan and organize the activities for this event. If you can help us either before the event or on the day, please let us know. There are lots of ways to get involved.

Interested in participating as a volunteer? Sign up here to get more information.

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. In the U.S., it will be celebrated at Ohio State University and other locations in October 2022. It will be celebrated in British Columbia for the first time in February 2023.

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.