“StatSquad” High Schoolers to Learn STEM Skills Via Sports Analytics

by Davidson CollegeProf. Tim Chartier works with students in the library

“StatSquad,” a new Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) program to teach data analytics through high school sports, has a strong Davidson College influence.

Four Davidson students under the direction of Associate Professor Tim Chartier developed curriculum for StatSquads in pilot high schools during the fall semester 2014. Chartier, a mathematician nationally recognized for expertise in basketball “bracketology” and other sports-based analytics, will continue to work with the program during his coming sabbatical year as it is implemented this spring season in five CMS high schools. It will eventually be offered in all 19 CMS high schools, and has been approved in other school districts as well-Wake County N.C., Greenville County (S.C.) and Fort Mill (S.C.).

StatSquad is being funded by OrthoCarolina and developed by Charlotte-based National Amateur Sports (NAS), a company specializing in information technology management and marketing support for school districts’ athletic programs. It is designed to provide an after-school learning opportunity for high school students to study the data analytics of various sports. Students collect, input, edit and analyze athletic program data, and share their findings with athletic administrators and coaches to potentially be used as part of their game strategy.

The experience of the four Davidson students last fall has given Chartier and NAS a start in developing the program in various sports. Ross Kruse ’17 was involved with football, Sarah Klett ’15 was involved with volleyball, Alex Feliciano ’15 was involved with men’s soccer, and Eric Hart was involved with women’s soccer. Chartier said NAS is also interested in developing data analytics for wrestling and swimming competitions.

Chartier’s continuing involvement will include development of resources to instruct teachers and students in data analytics, development of a program handbook, and creation of a workshop to train other college professors in sports analytics. Click for more

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