# Data Activities Portfolio

The Data Portfolio is a compendium of particle physics classroom activities organized by data strand and level of student engagement. Follow the links provided for information about using the Data Portfolio to plan your students’ experience. Level descriptions explain the data analysis skills that students apply at each level: tasks in Level 0 are simpler than those in Levels 1 and 2. While each level can be explored individually, students who start in one level and progress to more complex levels experience increasingly engaging and challenging tasks. These activities are aligned with NGSS Standards, particularly NGSS Practices.

Your students can follow a path through activities in a data strand to better understand practices that lead to discovery. Each pathway provides connections between topics routinely covered in physics class and particle physics content and methods. Use the pulldown menus (Pathway and Strand) to find activities related to the content you are currently covering.

Activity Name | Data Strand | Level | Pathway | NGSS Practices | Topic |
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Mass of U.S. Pennies Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses. |
Cosmic Ray, LHC | Level 0 | Histograms, Uncertainty | 1, 3, 4, 7 | Data Analysis, Measurement |

Quark Workbench 2D/3D Students use Standard Model rules to build hadrons and mesons from quarks. |
Cosmic Ray, LHC | Level 0 | Conservation Laws, Standard Model | 2, 6 | Particle Composition |

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." |
Cosmic Ray, LHC | Level 0 | Histograms, Mean Lifetime | 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 | Data Analysis, Measurement |

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. |
LHC | Level 0 | Cosmic Muons, Neutrinos, Standard Model | 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 | Particle Composition |

Mapping the Poles Students explore some basics of magnetic fields that can be related to experimental particle physics. |
LHC | Level 0 | Electricity & Magnetism | 4, 6, 7 | Lorentz Force, Measurement, Motion of Charged Particles, Other |

Signal and Noise: The Basics Students analyze signals and noise first in audio and video forms and then look at signals and noise from physics measurements. |
Cosmic Ray, LHC | Level 0 | Signal to Noise, Uncertainty | 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 | Data Analysis, Measurement |

Histograms: The Basics Students build basic histogram skills required in many of the other activities in the Data Activities Portfolio. |
Cosmic Ray, LHC, Neutrino | Level 0 | Histograms | 4, 5 | Data Analysis, Measurement, Student data |

Making it ‘Round the Bend - Qualitative Students explore the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles. |
LHC | Level 1 | Electricity & Magnetism | 4, 5, 7 | Electric Potential, Lorentz Force, Motion of Charged Particles |

Rolling with Rutherford Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm. |
Cosmic Ray, LHC | Level 1 | Cosmic Muons, Histograms, Particle Collisions, Quantum Mechanics | 1, 3, 4, 7 | Data Analysis, Measurement |

Calculate the Z Mass Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the Z mass from event displays. |
LHC | Level 1 | Conservation Laws, Histograms, Particle Collisions, Special Relativity, Standard Model | 1, 4, 5, 7 | Data Analysis, Momentum Conservation |