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 Curriculum Topics NGSS Practices Topic
Cosmic Rays and the Sun

Students search for a specific data file in the Cosmic Ray e-Lab and look for evidence of the passage of the sun in the flux measurements derived from this file. 

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." 

Energy, Momentum, and Mass

Students examine data to find how energy, momentum, and mass are related.

Histograms: The Basics

Students build basic histogram skills required in many of the other activities in the Data Activities Portfolio.

Histograms: Uncertainty

Students construct histograms, identify the best value to represent the data, and report the uncertainty in their answers. 

Making it ‘Round the Bend - Qualitative

Students explore the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles. 

Making it ‘Round the Bend - Quantitative

Students measure the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles. 

Mapping the Poles

Students explore some basics of magnetic fields that can be related to experimental particle physics.

Mass of U.S. Pennies

Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses.

Mean Lifetime Part 1: Dice

Rolling dice serves as the model for decaying particles.