A problem about genetics and the transmission of disease.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Use the computer to model an epidemic. Try out public health policies to control the spread of the epidemic, to minimise the number of sick days and deaths.
How much energy has gone into warming the planet?
Formulate and investigate a simple mathematical model for the design of a table mat.
Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Can you suggest a curve to fit some experimental data? Can you work out where the data might have come from?
Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?
Examine these estimates. Do they sound about right?
Can you work out which drink has the stronger flavour?
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Many physical constants are only known to a certain accuracy. Explore the numerical error bounds in the mass of water and its constituents.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?
Can you sketch graphs to show how the height of water changes in different containers as they are filled?
Could nanotechnology be used to see if an artery is blocked? Or is this just science fiction?
Get some practice using big and small numbers in chemistry.
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?
Learn about the link between logical arguments and electronic circuits. Investigate the logical connectives by making and testing your own circuits and fill in the blanks in truth tables to record. . . .
Investigate circuits and record your findings in this simple introduction to truth tables and logic.
Which dilutions can you make using only 10ml pipettes?
Is it really greener to go on the bus, or to buy local?
In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.
Explore the properties of perspective drawing.
Is it cheaper to cook a meal from scratch or to buy a ready meal? What difference does the number of people you're cooking for make?
How do you write a computer program that creates the illusion of stretching elastic bands between pegs of a Geoboard? The answer contains some surprising mathematics.
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in physical contexts.
Which units would you choose best to fit these situations?
Use your skill and knowledge to place various scientific lengths in order of size. Can you judge the length of objects with sizes ranging from 1 Angstrom to 1 million km with no wrong attempts?
When you change the units, do the numbers get bigger or smaller?
These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?
Work with numbers big and small to estimate and calculate various quantities in biological contexts.
An observer is on top of a lighthouse. How far from the foot of the lighthouse is the horizon that the observer can see?
Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?
How efficiently can you pack together disks?
Estimate these curious quantities sufficiently accurately that you can rank them in order of size
Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
Work out the numerical values for these physical quantities.
Imagine different shaped vessels being filled. Can you work out what the graphs of the water level should look like?
Starting with two basic vector steps, which destinations can you reach on a vector walk?
Explore the properties of isometric drawings.
Water freezes at 0°Celsius (32°Fahrenheit) and boils at 100°C (212°Fahrenheit). Is there a temperature at which Celsius and Fahrenheit readings are the same?
Invent a scoring system for a 'guess the weight' competition.
Analyse these beautiful biological images and attempt to rank them in size order.
When a habitat changes, what happens to the food chain?
Two trains set off at the same time from each end of a single straight railway line. A very fast bee starts off in front of the first train and flies continuously back and forth between the. . . .