Each spring, sophomore and junior students in the CIT take part in a program called Apps4VA aimed at creating fresh, new, innovative ways to present educational data in a new light. A couple of years ago, one of our teams went on to win the first-ever Virginia Virtual Datathon hosted by the Chief Data Officer of VA and the Governor; this team also later presented at the Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technology Symposium (COVITS) where they won the People's Choice Award. This year, the CIT Team presented a project relating to COVID-19 at the VA Datathon and garnered an honorable mention from the judges.
The emergence of COVID-19 earlier presented unique challenges to various aspects of daily-life and exacerbated many of the existing inequalities in our society and many of fundamental problems in healthcare and resource-distribution. During the 2020 Datathon, the Deep Run CIT presented a project that focused on the scope and effects of COVID-19 on the collective mental health of people in Virginia. In this project, the team explored the shortage of mental health resources in the commonwealth and presented strategies to alleviate this problem. This project was developed by CIT students Ronojoy D, Abhay S, Adam E, Virinchi T, and Collin R.
Every year, Virginia spends billions of dollars on Education. Our application takes a look at these spendings as well as its effects. Is our increased spending making a difference? Visit the Analyze page to view state wide analysis, or visit the Map page to look straight into the data yourself. Use the search bar to see statistics for specific counties.
BEAST is an app created to compare teacher salary to student performance. It shows how efficiently different schools pay their teachers. BEAST also helps schools adjust their budgets after seeing this correlation. This project was developed by former CIT students Dominic, Lauren, Peyton, Jack, Justin, Tahir, Colin, and Jessica.
People with disabilities are the world's largest minority, yet often times they are not featured as much as they should be. Introducing Analysis of Special Education (ASE), the web application that breaks through the numbers to see how Special Education is succeeding in schools. With the use of education data from Virginia school systems, ASE parallels the success of students with disabilities to those without. This project was developed by former CIT students Jessica, Nigel, Vamsi, Noah, Alex, Gurumanpreet, Qian, Benjamin, and Michael.
DropStop is an app aimed at helping division and state policymakers find out where certain groups of students are falling behind. It reveals and compares dropout rates among different races, genders, disabilities, economic statuses, and LEP statuses to help establish where changes need to be made. This project was developed by former CIT students Lexi, Sydney, Brandon, Kevin, Forest, Grant, Lee, and Ethan.