# 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 | |
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CMS Data Express CMS Data Express is a short investigation in which students inspect and characterize W or Z events from the LHC. |
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 | |||||

LHCb Masterclass Students measure the D0 lifetime using data from LHCb, separating signal from backgrounds. |
Particle Collisions | |||||

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 |