This year we had two teams compete in the National High School Big Data Challenge. The topic was New Climate and Information Realities: From Oceans to Glass of Water. This competition involved months of work and research. Since they completed the task, the team of grade 11 students Nyah Kuzmicka, Zuoxi Luo, James Tang, and Daniel Yan will have the abstract published in the STEM Fellowship Journal.
Selected as one of the top projects, the team of Vikram Arora (15), Darian Ellis (15), and Andrew Kang (14) travelled to Earl Haig Secondary School for the Eastern Canada Big Data Challenge Finals today. They represented HSC with pride, wearing their #1 Dress and getting questions about their blazer pins from many of the contestants and teachers. After an address from the Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the groups were randomly called up. The order was not known until the team's presentation was pulled up on the screen. Nerves were high, but once the first group presented, our boys felt more confident - they definitely fit in with the other groups. By the luck of the draw, the boys presented 5th and they did an excellent job. They spoke clearly, they adhered to the time limit, and they answered questions from the judges and the audience. Although the boys did not win one of the top three prizes, they definitely learned a lot and they are eager to participate again next year.