Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
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?
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
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?
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded
Make a ball from triangles!
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 spiral mobile.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
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.
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. . . .
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
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.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
How is it possible to predict the card?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are
you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of
sticks that make the most triangles?
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.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of
my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with
five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Kaia is sure that her father has worn a particular tie twice a week
in at least five of the last ten weeks, but her father disagrees.
Who do you think is right?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?