The Event

The Specifics


Plot-a-Thon introduces students to a range of hands-on data visualization skills that pushes them to develop skills with and beyond Excel. 

Through workshops, speakers, and participation, Plot-a-Thon increases student awareness of data visualizations, and the value of using visuals to tell a data story.

The event draws expertise and knowledge from across disciplines to make this event an opportunity for interdisciplinary and collaborative learning. 

We hope that this event will not only provide concrete skills in data visualizations through tools and application but also boost student confidence so that they may develop their skills after Plot-a-Thon in the direction that fits their professional goals.

Event Program Here


9:00-9:30 am


Welcome and Introduction to Plot-a-thon.

Directions for the event and data set access.

9:30 am


Breakout Rooms for Plot-a-thon Teams can go into their breakout rooms, Visit workshops, or Visit tutoring rooms till Noon.

9:30-10:00 am

Breakout Room Workshop

Data Cleaning

10:00-11:00 am

Breakout Room Workshops:
Excel (Hua Dai)

R program (Emily Fairfax)

Python (Scott Feister)

Tableau (Elizabeth Blackwood)

10:00-12:00 am

Breakout Room–Tutoring Centers:

R (Adrian Castro)

Excel and Python (Adam Bistagne)

12:00-1:00 pm

Plenary Speaker from TradeDesk

Speaker from Axios

1:00-3:30 pm

Breakout Rooms for Plot-a-thon Teams to finalize:

  1. Infographic
  2. Reflection of Achievement


Students can also receive infographic feedback at the Infographic workshop

2:00-3:00 pm

Breakout Room Workshop:

Infographic expectations and feedback on infographics

3:20 pm - 3:30 pm


Final products need to be submitted by 3:30pm!  

3:30-4:00 pm

Plot-a-thon Teams brought back to the Main Room.

Survey/Submission and Closing Remarks

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