This article, written for students, looks at how some measuring units and devices were developed.
Use your hand span to measure the distance around a tree trunk. If
you ask a friend to try the same thing, how do the answers compare?
Astronomy grew out of problems that the early civilisations had. They needed to solve problems relating to time and distance - both mathematical topics.
Not everybody agreed that the Third Millennium actually began on January 1st 2000. Find out why by reading this brief article.
Three photographs each showing some measuring equipment. Can you
work out what they are for?
This article tells you all about some early ways of measuring as well as methods of measuring tall objects we can still use today. You can even have a go at some yourself!
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could
measure lengths, areas and angles.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
Read this article to find out about the discoveries and inventions of Archimedes.