Python Programming Exercise With Specimen Data for Two Snakes

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By Michael Witt1, Olof Olsson2, Sean P. Brophy1

1. Purdue University 2. Swedish National Data Service

Specimen data including feeding schedules for a python and boa constrictor with a learning exercise for the python programming language that was used in the Engineering in the World of Data Learning Community at Purdue University

Version 1.0 - published on 16 Jan 2019 doi:10.4231/D7D2-EA24 - cite this Archived on 16 Feb 2019

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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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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.

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