# 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. Watch this screencast to learn more about sorting these activities.

Activity Name | Data Strand | Level | Curriculum Topics | NGSS Practices |
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Mass of U.S. Pennies Students create and interpret a histogram of penny masses. |
Cosmic Ray, LHC | Level 0 | Skill: Developing Models, Skill: Histograms, Skill: Uncertainty | 1, 3, 4, 7 |

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 |

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 |

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 | Standard Model, Skill: Developing Models | 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 |

Mapping the Poles Students explore some basics of magnetic fields that can be related to experimental particle physics. |
LHC | Level 0 | Electricity & Magnetism, Skill: Developing Models | 4, 6, 7 |

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 | Instrumentation, Skill: Uncertainty | 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 |

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 | Skill: Histograms, Skill: Uncertainty | 4, 5 |

Making it ‘Round the Bend - Qualitative Students explore the effects of electric and magnetic fields on particles. |
LHC | Level 1 | Electricity & Magnetism, Kinematics | 4, 5, 7 |

Rolling with Rutherford Students use statistics to make an indirect measurement they can easily confirm. |
Cosmic Ray, LHC | Level 1 | Nature of Matter, Skill: Developing Models, Skill: Histograms, Skill: Uncertainty | 1, 3, 4, 7 |

Calculate the Z Mass Students use conservation laws and vector addition to calculate the Z mass from event displays. |
LHC | Level 1 | Conservation Laws, Nature of Matter, Special Relativity, Standard Model, Skill: Developing Models, Skill: Uncertainty | 1, 4, 5, 7 |