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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
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Developing Mathematical Creativity
Stage: 2, 3 and 4
What does creativity mean to you?
Perhaps you think of painting a beautiful picture, or composing a song, or writing a poem. But did you know that you can be creative while doing maths? Mathematicians will tell you that their subject is also a very creative one.
Here are some of the things that creative mathematicians do. They:
ask good questions
link ideas from different areas of maths
find new ways to use skills they have learnt
find new ways to 'see' maths
invent new ways to show their thinking
are not afraid to take risks
keeping trying even when things go wrong
don't give up.
Our creativity activities are a little bit different from the maths you might be used to doing at school and more like what real mathematicians do. In school, the teacher often takes you step by step, until you can tackle a really hard problem yourself. Here, we sometimes offer you a challenging problem and it's up to you to find a route through to a solution. We invite you to be playful, to explore, to try things out and to choose for yourself the directions you take. We're hopeful you might enjoy exploring for its own sake and experience the beauty of maths. We have given you some starting questions to investigate but we hope that you will also think of your own mathematically interesting questions to explore.
We hope you will send us some of the creative maths you do, as well as sharing stories of your creative mathematical adventures.
Meet the team
The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. To support this aim, members of the NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice. More information on many of our other activities can be found here.
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