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 (Curriculum Topics and Strand) to find activities related to the content you are currently covering. Watch this screencast to learn more about sorting these activities.
|Activity Name||Data Strand||Level||Curriculum Topics||NGSS Practices|
QuarkNet: Changing the Culture
Lesson #1 in QuarkNet STEP UP Series on diversity and inclusion.
|Level 0||Diversity & Inclusion|
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||Skill: Developing Models, Skill: Histograms, Skill: Uncertainty||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
Quark Workbench 2D/3D
Students use Standard Model rules to build hadrons and mesons from quarks.
|Cosmic Ray, LHC||Level 0||Conservation Laws, Nature of Matter, Standard Model, Skill: Developing Models||2, 6|