Students at five Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools high schools will be able to crunch the numbers on their classmates’ spring sports performances as part of a new analytics program with OrthoCarolina.
The after-school program, known as StatSquad, is described as a science, technology, engineering and math internship that will prepare students for careers in data science. It was developed by the Charlotte-based company National Amateur Sports, which does information technology and marketing work for school sports.
The CMS students will collect and analyze stats from sporting events. The results will then be shared with their schools’ coaches and athletic directors to improve game strategy.
Data science is becoming an increasing part of competitive sports at all levels. STEM jobs are also among the country’s fastest-growing.
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StatSquad will first be offered at Mallard Creek, William A. Hough, East Mecklenburg, South Mecklenburg and Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. It eventually will expand to all the district’s high schools.
Spring sports include track, baseball, softball, boys’ golf, girls’ soccer and boys’ tennis.