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Getting started

The lessons involve coding activities that can be accessed in Python notebooks, a web-based programming environment. No previous coding experience is needed to access the course as all the commands used are given. You  will interact with activities by copying, pasting and editing existing code. 

Identical notebooks are available in two platforms: 

  • Kaggle: a free-web based platform for data science. If you are unfamiliar with notebooks then you might prefer this platform. Support materials are provided for Kaggle. 
  • Google Colab: the programming environment provided as part of Google Drive. If you use Google workspace for education you might prefer to use Colab. Colab is also suitable for students under the age of 16.

The MEI Introduction to Data Science short course materials can be accessed on Kaggle. This allows access to interactive web-based coding activities that can be edited and saved.

To use Kaggle, students will need to create their own account by registering on the Kaggle website.

Guidance for all students

  • All students should read the Kaggle terms and privacy statements.
  • Students should not make any of their notebooks Public. They should only share Private notebooks with other users that they know.
  • Our advice is for students under the age of 18 not to post or reply to any discussions or forums on Kaggle.
  • Should students wish to engage in the discussions or forums they should not divulge any information of a personal nature.

Guidance for students under the age of 16

  • Students under the age of 16 will need consent from a parent or guardian to use Kaggle. This will require the parent or guardian to create an account and then complete a consent form.

Keeping safe online

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