QuarkNet Data Portfolio

A collection of proven instructional activities developed around data strands that help students develop an understanding about how scientists make discoveries. 
The Data Portfolio organizes activities by data strand and level of student engagement. Activities differ in complexity and sophistication—tasks in Level 1 are simpler than those in Levels 2 and 3. While each level can be explored individually, students that start in one level and progress to more complex levels experience increasingly engaging and challenging tasks. Teachers select activities to offer a learning experience of an appropriate length and level for their students.

Activity Name Data Strand Level NGSS Practices Topic
Calculate the Z Mass (2 comments)

Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the Z mass from event displays.

LHC Level 1 1 4 5 7 Data Analysis, Momentum Conservation
Plotting LHC Discovery (0 comments)

Students explore features of mass plots of a well-understood particle and apply what they have learned to plots from new discoveries.

LHC Level 1 4 6 7 Data Analysis, Momentum Conservation
Calculate the Top Quark Mass (4 comments)

Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the top mass from event displays.

Cosmic Ray, LHC Level 1 1 4 5 7 Data Analysis, Momentum Conservation
Quark Workbench (3 comments)

Students use Standard Model rules to build hadrons and mesons from quarks.

Cosmic Ray, LHC Level 1 2 6 Particle Composition
Mass of U.S. Pennies (0 comments)

Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses.

Cosmic Ray, LHC Level 1 1 3 4 7 Data Analysis, Measurement
Making it ‘Round the Bend (1 comment)

3 activities in which students explore properties of dipole and quadrupole magnets, forces felt by charged particles moving through magnetic fields, the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles.

LHC Level 1 4 5 7 Electric Potential, Lorentz Force, Motion of Charged Particles
Rolling with Rutherford (6 comments)

Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm.

Cosmic Ray, LHC Level 1 1 3 4 7 Data Analysis, Measurement
Dice, Histograms & Probability (0 comments)

Students roll dice, record the resulting individual values as well as the sum of the values, create histograms of the data and develop insight into the concept of “degrees of freedom." 

Cosmic Ray, LHC, LIGO Level 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Data Analysis, Measurement
Seismology (0 comments)

This unit engages students learn what creates waves caused by earth movements and how to interpret seismographs and seismograms.

LIGO Level 1
Cosmic Muon Lifetime (1 comment)

Students learn how physicists measure muon lifetime.

Cosmic Ray Level 1 2 3 4 5 Data Analysis, Measurement, Particle Composition, Student data