The University of Edinburgh has recently announced that it would be extending the reach of its data science knowledge in southeast Scotland.
Indeed, this programme is leading the way in a Scottish and UK government-backed initiative that aims to increase the use of internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect environmental data for analysis by school students. By doing so, the University of Edinburgh, alongside the Heriot-Watt University and six local authorities around Scotland, is hoping to train a new generation of data scientists.
The Data Education in Schools project is part of the Data-Driven Innovation Skills Gateway initiative, which is a city region deal funding package from the Scottish and UK governments. This project set into place a £1.35bn investment in Edinburgh and south-east Scotland over 15 years that includes transport, housing, culture, skills, employability, and innovation.
The students are then able to learn through the IoT sensors and deploy them in local environments.