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integrated computational thinking

Patterns & Data 3: Patterns & Data Plugged

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The learner will apply patterns and data practice skills to use the U.S. Census Bureau’s QuickFacts data access tool to examine information about three cities and draw conclusions about life in those three cities to determine which city they would like to live in as an adult (estimated 120 min).

Learning Objectives

By the end of this activity, learners will be able to...

  • Apply pattern and data practice skills to make sense of data
  • Apply pattern and data practice skills to communicate data and make data driven decisions


  • Patterns: Repeating similarities among objects, ideas, and problems
  • Data: Quantitative or qualitative information (e.g., text, symbols, etc.) collected for analysis
  • Pattern Recognition: Finding patterns among decomposed problems that can help us solve more complex problems
  • Median household income: the middle income when the income distribution is divided into two equal parts: one-half below and one-half above. The incomes are first ordered and then we get the middle income, which is the median.
  • Per capita: for each person. To determine the per capita income for a city, for example, divide the amount of money made in the city by the number of people living there.

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