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Tangram Paradox

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

Auditorium Steps

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Why do this problem?

This activity is specially designed for the highest-attaining pupils that you ever come across. It acts as a further extension to Wrapping Presents. It's an activity that is intended to give opportunities for those pupils to explore deeply using their intuition, flair and risk-taking skills.

Possible approach

As this is designed for the highest attaining, it might be presented as on the website or in a one-to-one situation, encouraging discussion between adult and pupil. This discussion could determine what kind of start suits the learner, for example it may be a model needs to be constructed, it may be a conversation about imagining it in the head, it may be a $2$D representation.

Key questions 

Tell me about this/your thinking.