Is There a Better Way?

Is there a better way?

When you finish solving a problem, do you stop to think about your solution before moving on to something else? Do you talk to someone else to see if they solved it the same way? These are good habits to help you become a more resilient problem solver, and we hope the problems in this feature will give you lots of opportunities to explore your own and other people's solutions!

The last date for submitting solutions is Monday 25 March.

Fruity Totals 

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:
In this interactivity each fruit has a hidden value. Can you deduce what each one is worth?

Diamond Collector 

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.

Peaches Today, Peaches Tomorrow... 

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?

What's it Worth? 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?

Cuboid Challenge 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
What's the largest volume of box you can make from a square of paper?

Tree Tops 

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:
Can you make sense of information about trees in order to maximise the profits of a forestry company?

Vector Gem Collector 

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:
Use vectors to collect as many gems as you can and bring them safely home!


Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:
How can you quickly sort a suit of cards in order from Ace to King?

The Knapsack Problem 

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:
Learn about algorithms for solving optimisation problems in this article from Plus Magazine.