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Node - Data Science Course
Learn how to build powerful machine learning models to gain insights from data.
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1) Course Overview
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2) Meet Your Instructor
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3) Extra Perks
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4) All the Details
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Course Overview
Practice modern skills and learn from the data around you
In Node, you'll learn the art and science of understanding, manipulating, and effectively using data. You'll also learn how to visualize your data and findings to share with those around you. This course is designed for students who have at least some experience with code (CS 1110, Node Lite, Source/Lite, or similar) — if you have 0 background, we recommend taking Node Lite instead.

Through the use of real-world data, including some from the City of Charlottesville, students will be able to create impactful and insight-driven projects. We'll explore the context of our data as well as the implications it has for the people it affects. Students will also be given the tools to connect data science with their other interests.
I would recommend Node to anyone that has an interest in Data Science. Node helped me build a foundation in Data Science and solidify that this is something I want to continue studying, and the class atmosphere of collaborative learning is something I really love about courses at Forge.
Carter Bristow
NODE COURSE GRADUATE
Node definitely made me more comfortable with working with data sets. I feel like I can make something meaningful out of pretty much anything thrown at me, and I don't think I could have said that before taking this course. The projects were also very informative and a great experience booster.
Konrad Siebor
NODE COURSE GRADUATE
Learn to use machine learning to predict outcomes
We'll also introduce you to more advanced data science techniques, such as neural networks and machine learning. Near the end of the program, you'll develop a final project of your own that puts your data science skills to the test.
Skills You'll Learn
Data Wrangling and Manipulation
Dynamic Data Visualization
Using Pandas, Plotly, and Sklearn packages in Python.
Machine Learning and Artificial Inteligence
Project 1: Data Ethics and Project Scoping
You'll find, clean, and analyze a dataset to learn how to visualize data to tell a story.

Project 2: Exploratory Data Analysis
You'll work to analyze data and present your findings to a non-technical audience using web applications, blog posts, or explanatory graphics.

Project 3: Predictive Modelling
You'll act as a real data science team to solve a problem in your chosen field of study.
Meet Your Instructor
Ishaan Dey
Ishaan will be your guide in learning advanced data science this spring. Ishaan is a Forge member and learned data science at Forge almost two years in our Launch summer internship program.

Our student teaching model means our courses are constantly changing and improving, enabling you to learn skills that are more up-to-date than what you might learn in a typical classroom.

It also means we can be better mentors and guides for you. We know where you might get stuck and how to guide you through those challenges because we've been in your shoes before. And we know what makes a lesson fun (or extremely boring), so we always design programs that we'd want to participate in ourselves.
Joining the Forge Community
At Forge, we give our people the skills they need to realize their big ideas and a community they can call home. Our courses are a great place to get to know our community, make new friends, and prepare for your future. All of our students get access to exclusive perks and opportunities beyond whatever course they're taking:
Free access to all of our Crash Courses
Exclusive community events and jobs
Opportunities for (sometimes paid!) projects to practice your new skills
Priority applications for Launch summer internship program
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Dates, Deadlines, and Tuition
Workshop Schedule
Node has one section that meets online Sundays from 5-7pm.

This course starts the week of February 14 and continue for 10 weeks.
Time Commitment
Courses expect a 4-6 hour/week commitment. Outside of the 2 hours in your workshop meeting time, you can expect to meet with your instructor weekly for labs (at flexible times) and to spend some time working with your classmates on projects.
Application Process and Deadlines
Applications for Spring 2021 are currently closed. Applications for Fall 2021 will reopen sometime in August.
$200 Course Fee
$125 for college students
Only $95 for UVA students
For UVA students, each of our courses is just $200 $95 — that's less than a weekly lunch out for the semester. We're proud to partner with these two UVA schools to make this reduced cost possible.
Do you offer financial aid?
We are committed to making our courses accessible to all. We reduce or eliminate the program fee to all students who need it, no questions asked. Our aim is to enable everyone who wants to learn and join the Forge community. This is made possible by $20,000 in generous donations from our alumni network each year.

15% of students receive financial aid from Forge. 54% of aid goes to first-generation college students, and 80% of aid goes to people of color.
What's your refund policy?
We think you'll love Forge, but if you decide you need to drop, you may request a refund within 10 days of your course's first workshop meeting time. You'll receive a full refund, less a $20 operations fee. Beyond this date, no refunds will be given.
What are your online courses like?
We know how to do online teaching right. Our Skills Courses will be all-online for the foreseeable future to protect the health of our students and instructors. Teaching online is not new for us - we know how to make online courses fun, engaging, and interactive. We know you can't just film a traditional lecture and hope for the best!

Since we've moved our courses online, our student satisfaction ratings haven't changed -- 95% of students would still recommend their course to a friend.
Do I need to have any background experience to apply?
No, you don't! This course is designed for people with little-to-no background experience.
What's your climate impact?
We donate 1% of all course tuition to carbon removal initiatives around the world. We also power our clubhouse with 100% clean wind and solar power. Learn more.
I have a question that wasn't answered here.
No problem! Reach out to hello@joinforge.co, and/or come to our online Open House to talk to our team and learn more.
"It's electric being at Forge. Surrounded by my people and given all the tools I need for success, I feel like I can do absolutely anything. The relentless creative energy of our students is what makes Forge unlike anything I've ever been a part of.

There is something so fundamentally special about our members that just working and learning beside them has helped me grow enormously as a leader and a learner."

- Rachel, Forge alumna
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