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.
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|Activity Name||Data Strand||Level||Curriculum Topics||NGSS Practices|
Mean Lifetime Part 3: MINERvA
Students collect data from muons which decay in the MINERvA detector in the Fermilab NuMi beamline to understand particle decay and determine the muon lifetime.
|Cosmic Ray, Neutrino||Level 2||Half-Life/Mean Lifetime, Kinematics, Nature of Matter, Skill: Developing Models, Skill: Histograms, Skill: Uncertainty||2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8|
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||Conservation Laws, Nature of Matter, Skill: Histograms, Skill: Uncertainty||1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
QuarkNet STEP UP Women in Physics
Lesson #3 in QuarkNet STEP UP Series on diversity and inclusion.
|Level 2||Diversity & Inclusion|
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||Instrumentation, Nature of Matter, Skill: Developing Models, Skill: Histograms, Skill: Uncertainty||1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8|
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||Conservation Laws, Instrumentation, Nature of Matter, Skill: Histograms, Skill: Uncertainty||1, 3, 4, 6, 7|