With Girls in Data Science, we aim to introduce young girls at Austrian secondary schools to data science. Under the headline “Information is beautiful – Data Science & Arts”, we are creating an artistic approach to mathematics, computer science and statistics to excite and inspire the next generation of (female) data scientists.
The project was launched in 2022 at two secondary schools in Villach (BG/BRG St. Martin and CHS Villach) and was a joint cooperation between arts and mathematics teachers and didactics professors from the University College of Teacher Education Styria. In their work, students merge aspects of mathematics with arts such as creating paintings based on natural fractals i.e., self-repeating patterns like in the romanesco broccoli or in fern leaves. The resulting artworks are presented at the annual Women in Data Science conference in Villach.