What are Data Nuggets

Data Nuggets are classroom activities, co designed by graduate students and teachers, which give students practice interpreting quantitative information and making claims based on evidence.  They are created from ongoing scientific research and provide a brief background on scientist and their study system, a dataset from their research, and challenge students to answer a scientific question using the dataset to support their claim.  The goal of Data Nuggets is to engage students in the practices of science through an innovative approach that combines scientific content from authentic research with key concepts in quantitative reasoning.  Because of their simplicity and flexibility, Data Nuggets can be used throughout the school year as students build confidence in their quantitative skills.

QUBES Project

The mission of the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project is to improve learning opportunities for all students enrolled in undergraduate biology courses by reflecting the centrality of quantitative approaches in modern biology  more info about QUBES. One of the ways that QUBES promotes quantitative approaches is by partnering with existing projects and communities to facilitate the discovery and use of their materials [more info about partner projects].

The Data Nuggets / QUBES Collaboration

Data Nuggets and QUBES have joined forces to:

  1. Raise awareness of the Data Nuggets materials within the QUBES community.
  2. Use the QUBES Hub collaborative tools to promote conversations about, and collaborations around, the Data Nuggets teaching materials.
  3. Establish a Data Nuggets Faculty Mentoring Network to work intensively with a group of faculty as they customize and implement Data Nuggets resources.