QuarkNet Data Portfolio
The Data Portfolio is a compendium of 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.
Sample pathways provide a progression of activities to help students better understand practices that lead to discovery. Each sample pathway is matched to a particular data strand and a particular skill set.
Activity Name  Data Strand  Level  NGSS Practices  Topic 

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  1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7  Particle Composition 
Quark Workbench Students use Standard Model rules to build hadrons and mesons from quarks. 
Cosmic Ray, LHC  Level 0  2, 6  Particle Composition 
Making it ‘Round the Bend  Qualitative Students explore the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles. 
LHC  Level 0  4, 5, 7  Electric Potential, Lorentz Force, Motion of Charged Particles 
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, LIGO  Level 0  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  Data Analysis, Measurement 
Mass of U.S. Pennies Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses. 
Cosmic Ray, LHC  Level 0  1, 3, 4, 7  Data Analysis, Measurement 
Making it ‘Round the Bend  Quantitative Students measure the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles. 
LHC  Level 1  4, 5, 6, 7  Data Analysis, Electric Potential, Lorentz Force, Measurement, Motion of Charged Particles 
Calculate the Z Mass Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the Z mass from event displays. 
LHC  Level 1  1, 4, 5, 7  Data Analysis, Momentum Conservation 
Calculate the Top Quark Mass Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the top mass from event displays. 
Cosmic Ray, LHC  Level 1  1, 4, 5, 7  Data Analysis, Momentum Conservation 
Rolling with Rutherford Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm. 
Cosmic Ray, LHC  Level 1  1, 3, 4, 7  Data Analysis, Measurement 
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.

LHC  Level 2  1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8  Data Analysis 