ODI is the sum of many parts. Comprised of 18 projects (5 actively funded) and about 25 staff, there are a lot of moving pieces to ODI. At any given time—in addition to the regular day-to-day work of moving 5 NSF-funded projects forward successfully—our staff is attending or presenting at conferences, meeting with partners and funders, and/or working on proposals for future work. As you might imagine, we are careful to prioritize our time.
When the opportunity of the 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase presented itself, we were hesitant to commit. Three proposals were in the works and we were also juggling 5 projects with deadlines looming on the horizon. Ultimately, though, we couldn’t resist. One of our goals at ODI is to spread the word about our work on data literacy in education and the Video Showcase attracts thousands of visitors from across the world. It was an opportunity we couldn't pass up.
With less than three weeks remaining to submit a video, we committed. The story of Ocean Tracks was easy to tell. It was one of our foundational projects when ODI began in 2013, and it was a proof of concept that students COULD work successfully with big data sets in an educational setting. They just needed the right tool.
It’s the 5th day of the Video Showcase today and our video has already received almost 700 views. We hope you’ll stop by, if you haven’t already, and let us know what you think. If you like what you see, be sure to vote for our video for the public choice award!