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Cool as Ice

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.

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Straw Scaffold

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water

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Gym Bag

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?

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Making Maths: Celtic Knot Tiles

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques

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Make Your Own Pencil Case

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?

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Flip Your Mat!

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?

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Plaited Origami Polyhedra

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.

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Turning the Place Over

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Enigma

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.

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Next Size Up

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded cubes.

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Making Maths: Triangular Ball

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a ball from triangles!

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Well Balanced

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Making Maths: Archimedes' Spiral

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a spiral mobile.

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Making Maths: Walking Through a Playing Card?

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?

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Muggles, Logo and Gradients

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.

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Making Maths: String and Circles

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Back to the Practical?

Stage: 2 and 3

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. . . .

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Making Maths: A-maze-ing

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.

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It's a Fence!

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

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Paper Folding - Models of the Platonic Solids

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.

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Making Maths: Clinometer

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of tall objects.

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Observing the Sun and the Moon

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Celtic Knotwork Patterns

Stage: 2 and 3

This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.

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Plaiting and Braiding

Stage: 2 and 3

This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.

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The Best Card Trick?

Stage: 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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First Forward Into Logo 10: Count up - Count Down

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What happens when a procedure calls itself?

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Fractional Triangles

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

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Amazing Card Trick

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

How is it possible to predict the card?

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Hoops/rope

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

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First Forward Into Logo 7: Angles of Polygons

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.

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Let Us Reflect

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

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Domino Sets

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?

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Construct-o-straws

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

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First Forward Into Logo 9: Stars

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.

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First Forward Into Logo 5: Pen Up, Pen Down

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo

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First Forward Into Logo 8: More about Variables

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.

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Two by One

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

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First Forward Into Logo 12: Puzzling Sums

Stage: 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.

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This Fencing

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

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Shaping Up

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

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Cover the Tray

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

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

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A Patchwork Piece

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

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Sticks and Triangles

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

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?

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Masterclasses Information

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Jomista Mat

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

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Marbles

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

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?

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Triangle Shapes

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

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It's a Tie

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Cutting Corners

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

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Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?