What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
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.
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
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?
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
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.
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
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles
using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What
other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours. Use the small cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of every colour.
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
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. . . .
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.
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Make a spiral mobile.
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
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.
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.
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
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?
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?
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.
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?
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
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.
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
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.
I start with a red, a blue, a green and a yellow marble. I can
trade any of my marbles for three others, one of each colour. Can I
end up with exactly two marbles of each colour?
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?