Draw whirling squares and see how Fibonacci sequences and golden rectangles are connected.
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper
Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will
tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons
combine to create semi-regular solids?
This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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?
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.
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 to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
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?
Can you describe what happens in this film?
The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
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
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating
shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you
can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do
you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which
bell to ring?
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.
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.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
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
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. . . .
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
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?
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
Make a spiral mobile.
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.