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The Young Mathematicians' Award

Have you heard of the Young Mathematicians' Award (YMA)?  If not, you can find out more here.

Bernard, one of the members of the NRICH team, creates the brain-stretching activities used in the YMA.  In this feature, we have gathered together some tasks which will help you 'limber up' for the main YMA tasks.  Have a go at these tricky challenges and see how you get on ...

Lots of Lollies link

Lots of Lollies 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?

Inside Triangles link

Inside Triangles 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?

Start Cube Drilling link

Start Cube Drilling 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will have holes drilled through them?

Odd Times Even link

Odd Times Even 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

This problem looks at how one example of your choice can show something about the general structure of multiplication.