Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest
that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical
starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .
You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this
design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of
hammer, nails and string.
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
As part of Liverpool08 European Capital of Culture there were a
huge number of events and displays. One of the art installations
was called "Turning the Place Over". Can you find our how it works?
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.
Make a spiral mobile.
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up
with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring
instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The
resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to
encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
A game to make and play based on the number line.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.
A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to
distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the
differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
If you'd like to know more about Primary Maths Masterclasses, this
is the package to read! Find out about current groups in your
region or how to set up your own.
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you
can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
How is it possible to predict the card?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in
front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.