Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
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?
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
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 challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
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.
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?
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
Make a spiral mobile.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4
units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different
cuboids can you make?
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc
BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why
this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that
MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many
different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and
the 2 must not touch the table?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of
the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other
shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
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
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you
work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall
and work out a way they might fit together?
Starting with four different triangles, imagine you have an
unlimited number of each type. How many different tetrahedra can
you make? Convince us you have found them all.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?