Science fair project gets visual with SAS

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Fifth grader Emily Short chose climate change as the topic for her science fair project this year. When she was having trouble understanding the concepts of graphing and  forecasting in Excel, her dad Nick Short, a sales manager at SAS, suggested she try SAS Visual Analytics. Not only did Emily grasp those concepts using SAS, but she was able to explain them to others in a demo.

Emily used two-liter bottles to simulate earth's atmosphere and asked, "How do you measure the greenhouse effect from different gasses and earth features like water, ice and plants?" She found that CO2 increases the temperature in the simulated atmosphere -- and plants, water and other substances can help reduce the temperature.

For more details, watch Emily's video about the experiment:

Watch Emily describe her materials, methods and results.

Emily also recorded a brief demo of SAS Visual Analytics that describes how to import and visualize data.

To read about other students who used SAS software in their science experiments, check out these earlier blog posts:

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Alison Bolen

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+Alison Bolen is an editor at SAS, where she writes and edits content about analytics and emerging topics. Since starting at SAS in 1999, Alison has edited print publications, Web sites, e-newsletters, customer success stories and blogs. She has a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University and a master’s degree in technical writing from North Carolina State University.

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