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.
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.
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TOTEM Data Express Use quantum physics and LHC data to estimate the size of the proton. |
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Shuffling the particle deck Teams of students organize cards depicting fundamental particles based on their characteristics. This activity is a foundation for learning about the Standard Model and parallels the methods used by scientists to organize the elements into the period table. |
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Seismology This unit is under construction! |
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Rolling with Rutherford Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm. |
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Quark Workbench Students use Standard Model rules to build hadrons and mesons from quarks. |
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Plotting LHC Discovery Students explore features of mass plots of a well-understood particle and apply what they have learned to plots from new discoveries. |
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Mass of U.S. Pennies Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses. |
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Making it ‘Round the Bend 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. |
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LIGO e-Lab Students experience the excitement of scientific collaboration by investigating seismic behavior that influence the behavior of LIGO's gravitational wave detectors. |
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LHCb Masterclass Students measure the D0 lifetime using data from LHCb, separating signal from backgrounds. |