Using Wonder to Promote Curiosity

Using wonder to promote curiosity

As teachers, we often like to share something spectacular with students in order to get a "wow". However, rather than a punchline, this could be the starting point for students to explore and explain, helping them to realise the power of mathematics as a tool to make sense of the world.

The last date for submitting solutions is Monday 8 July.

The Number Jumbler 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
The Number Jumbler can always work out your chosen symbol. Can you work out how?

Your Number Is... 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
Think of a number and follow the machine's instructions... I know what your number is! Can you explain how I know?

Your Number Was... 

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
Think of a number and follow my instructions. Tell me your answer, and I'll tell you what you started with! Can you explain how I know?

Twisting and Turning 

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
Take a look at the video and try to find a sequence of moves that will untangle the ropes.

More Twisting and Turning 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
It would be nice to have a strategy for disentangling any tangled ropes...

All Tangled Up 

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:
Can you tangle yourself up and reach any fraction?