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.
Activity Name  Data Strand  Level  NGSS Practices  Topic  

Cosmic Rays and the Sun Students search for a specific data file in the Cosmic Ray eLab and look for evidence of the passage of the sun in the flux measurements derived from this file. 

TOTEM Data Express Use quantum physics and LHC data to estimate the size of the proton. 

ATLAS Zpath Masterclass Students are physicists for a day at a university or lab where they work with physiists to how to analyze real particle physics data in the form of event displays.


Mass of U.S. Pennies Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses. 

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

Dice, Histograms & Probability 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." 

Seismology This unit is under construction! 

ATLAS Data Express ATLAS Data Express is a short investigation in which students inspect and characterize Z events in the LHC and distinguish muons from electrons. 

Cosmic Muon Lifetime Students learn how physicists measure muon lifetime. 

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