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|
CMS Masterclass WZH-path
Students are physicists for a day at a university or lab where they work with physicists to learn how to analyze real particle physics data in the form of event displays.
|LHC||Level 2||Histograms, Particle Collisions, Uncertainty||1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8||Data Analysis, Momentum Conservation|
Cosmic Ray e-Lab
Students experience the excitement of scientific collaboration in this series of investigations into high-energy cosmic rays.
|Cosmic Ray||Level 3||Cosmic Muons||1, 3, 4, 6||Data Analysis|
Students have an opportunity to learn how to analyze data to calibrate the CMS detector and participate in discovery science (as particle physicists do).
|LHC||Level 3||Histograms, Particle Collisions, Uncertainty||1, 3, 4, 6||Data Analysis|