Time needed: 25–35 minutes
Technology can help us solve problems. We use devices like computers, smartphones, and tablets to help us learn. We also use them to have fun. And we use them to connect with other people. Data is information that you create or information that is stored by a computer. Every time you click while using a device, you create data. You create data when you do your homework on the computer. You create data when you connect with your friends on the phone, too.
Just like people’s feet can make tracks as they walk in the mud or snow, many things you do with technology can create a digital footprint. It’s a record of your digital activity.
Data isn't always visible to everyone. But some of it can be visible to those who know how to look for it. That’s why it’s important to think about what data you share. For example, businesses can use data to try to sell products to people.
Start by exploring your own digital footprint. Can you find ways to make technology even better or more useful? Fill out My Digital Data Tracker to examine how you use technology. Then look at your data: which devices or apps do you use the most and the least? What problems do the devices or apps help you solve? Are you following digital safety rules when online?
If you’re looking for ideas, check out these ways to keep yourself and your data safe online:
Then, choose a problem or obstacle your character encounters in the story. How could technology help? Use the data set to brainstorm ideas, like an app, device, or some other kind of technology. Then, sketch or make a model of your idea. You can use paper, cardboard, tape, string, or any other materials.
Lastly, share your creation with another Girl Scout or someone who is familiar with your character. Make sure to explain how you used the data set to create problem-solving technology!
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Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.