Stats Showdown

Get in The Game

The sports world is filled with a massive amount of data. And figuring out how to analyze it can be a (literal) game changer. Players, coaches and front office staff build hypotheses, create algorithms and dissect the information to shape their performance both on and off the court, so we want to give teenagers across Indiana the same opportunity to use their critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills during the Nextech Stats Showdown.

The sports world is filled with a massive amount of data. And figuring out how to analyze it can be a (literal) game changer. Players, coaches and front office staff build hypotheses, create algorithms and dissect the information to shape their performance both on and off the court, so we want to give teenagers across Indiana the same opportunity to use their critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills during the Nextech Stats Showdown.

The Nextech Stats Showdown introduces Hoosier middle and high school students to the exciting world of data science and data analytics through college basketball and the NCAA Tournament.

Students will answer the question “What team in the NCAA Tournament is going to win the most games throughout March Madness?” Teams will be tasked with using past tournament teams’ data from the past year to create an algorithm that most accurately predicts the game winners throughout the tournament.

The team that predicts the most winning teams will WIN the competition and be crowned the Nextech Stat Showdown CHAMPION!

The sports world is filled with a massive amount of data. And figuring out how to analyze it can be a (literal) game changer. Players, coaches and front office staff build hypotheses, create algorithms and dissect the information to shape their performance both on and off the court, so we want to give teenagers across Indiana the same opportunity to use their critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills during the Nextech Stats Showdown.

Learn how you can make an impact, be an innovator & world changer through computer science.

Who: Rising high school juniors and seniors in Marion county

What: An immersive computer science bootcamp with various workshops about technical and workplace skills along with post-secondary planning and connecting with central Indiana tech companies and professionals. Students will learn how to manage their personal brand and build a personal portfolio website during the program.

When: Nextech Catapult is a hybrid experience from June 14 – July 16, 2021. It will consist of both virtual and in-person events (in-person events will follow all Marion County COVID guidelines). Students should expect to spend from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day in the program, Monday through Friday.

  • In order to show our commitment to these future tech leaders, 2021 Catapults will receive a generous stipend for completing the program. They will also receive all of the necessary supplies to successfully participate, including the use of a laptop.
  • Nextech Catapult is taught by a licensed Indiana computer science teacher and meets the standards for both Computer Science II and Computer Science III: Special Topics. Students can work with their high school’s guidance departments to determine the best way to award course credit for completing Catapult. Nextech is happy to help however we can.
  • Complete an application by March 22, 2021
  • Zoom Interviews for select candidates between March 29 – April 7, 2021
  • Offers to join Nextech Catapult delivered on April 9, 2021