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.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
Make a spiral mobile.
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.
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
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 article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
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
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. . . .
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame
without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you
try the other shapes?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
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
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
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?
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?
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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.
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
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
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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.
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.
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
How is it possible to predict the card?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?