Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
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?
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
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.
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
Make a spiral mobile.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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. . . .
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
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?
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.
How is it possible to predict the card?
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
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.
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
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?
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.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Can you describe what happens in this film?
Draw whirling squares and see how Fibonacci sequences and golden rectangles are connected.
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures?
Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see
how rigid triangles are.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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?
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.