Explore and Explain

Explore and Explain

We hope you will enjoy playing with the problems in this feature. Take time to explore the activities, and then think about the mathematical ideas that emerge. Whether it's the start of your academic year or the beginning of a vacation, we hope there is something to inspire you.

The last date for sending in your solutions is Monday 7 October. 

First Connect Three 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

Treasure Hunt 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the treasure in the minimum number of guesses?

Nicola's Jigsaw 

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
Nicola has lost a piece of her 3D jigsaw. Can you work out the shape of the missing piece?

Connect Three 

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:
In this game the winner is the first to complete a row of three. Are some squares easier to land on than others?

Iffy Logic 

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:
Can you rearrange the cards to make a series of correct mathematical statements?

3D Treasure Hunt 

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:
Some treasure has been hidden in a three-dimensional grid! Can you work out a strategy to find it as efficiently as possible?