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 Pathway NGSS Practices Topic
LHCb Masterclass

Students measure the D0 lifetime using data from LHCb, separating signal from backgrounds.

Particle Collisions
CMS Masterclass WZH-path

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

Histograms Particle Collisions Uncertainty
CMS e-Lab

Students have an opportunity to learn how to analyze data to calibrate the CMS detector and participate in discovery science (as particle physicists do).

Histograms Particle Collisions Uncertainty
Rolling with Rutherford

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

Cosmic Muons Histograms Particle Collisions Quantum Mechanics
Mass of U.S. Pennies

Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses.

Histograms Uncertainty
Making it ‘Round the Bend - Qualitative

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

Electricity & Magnetism
Quark Workbench 2D/3D

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

Standard Model
Calculate the Top Quark Mass

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

Particle Collisions Special Relativity Standard Model
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.

Particle Collisions
Cosmic Ray e-Lab

Students experience the excitement of scientific collaboration in this series of investigations into high-energy cosmic rays.

Cosmic Muons