When the viz came together, an amazing thing happened with Ben: “He began to instinctively see the connections; ‘that one’s second fastest, that one’s fourth,’” Rob says.
Ben, at the mere age of 9, was using the dashboard to ask and answer questions of his data.
“Before, he was picking up random facts,” says Rob. “Having all the data there, he was able to find connections between roller coasters.”
And doing so helped Ben find the answer to this question: which is his favorite on the list?
“There was one called Kingda Ka, and it was really fast and really high,” says Ben. “I like the fast ones.”
Rob hopes the project gave Ben a glimpse into the boundless potential of data.
“I just think it really is great to work on a piece together. And I think it’s really great that it shows him how data works, how Tableau works. They’re things that might be ubiquitous in 10 years,” he says.
Plus, says Rob, Ben’s viz has already gotten more views than Rob’s last Iron Viz entry.
"I'm getting him to enter the next Iron Viz to get me to Vegas," Rob says.
Check out Rob Radburn's data visualizations on his Tableau Public page and on his blog, Adventures in Viz.