The Engineering in the World of Data Learning Community at Purdue University partnered with the Columbian Park Zoo on a co-curricular, educational program called Python With Pythons in January 2019. Zoo educators introduced two snakes to our 53 first-year engineering students: Pauli, a Ball Python, and Salazar, a Dumeril's Ground Boa Constrictor. Students were given data from the Species360 animal management system that includes feeding and weight measurements from both snakes over a period of years as well as a programming challenge with an introduction to the Python programming language. Dataset includes two Excel spreadsheets with each specimen dataset and a PDF with the programming challenge along with an answer key with a cleaned dataset and python script that builds an ascii chart that reports the schedule.
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- Witt, M., Olsson, O., Brophy, S. P. (2019). Python Programming Exercise With Specimen Data for Two Snakes. Purdue University Research Repository. doi:10.4231/D7D2-EA24
Thanks to the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette, Indiana, for providing the data and snakes for the exercise and to Species360 for granting permission for us to share the specimen reports.