Sporting Collection

Angle of Shot

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

At what angle should you release the shot to break Olympic records?

Pole Vaulting

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Consider the mechanics of pole vaulting

10 Olympic Starters

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

10 intriguing starters related to the mechanics of sport.

Little Little G

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

See how little g and your weight varies around the world. Did this variation help Bob Beamon to long-jumping succes in 1968?

Light Weights

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

See how the weight of weights varies across the globe.

Any Win for Tennis?

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

What are your chances of winning a game of tennis?

David and Goliath

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Does weight confer an advantage to shot putters?

Decathlon: the Art of Scoring Points

Age 14 to 18

How do decisions about scoring affect who wins a combined event such as the decathlon?

Stadium Sightline

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

How would you design the tiering of seats in a stadium so that all spectators have a good view?

What's the Point of Squash?

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

Under which circumstances would you choose to play to 10 points in a game of squash which is currently tied at 8-all?

Alternative Record Book

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

In which Olympic event does a human travel fastest? Decide which events to include in your Alternative Record Book.

High Jumping

Age 14 to 18

How high can a high jumper jump? How can a high jumper jump higher without jumping higher? Read on...

Track Design

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?

The Fastest Cyclist

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Andy is desperate to reach John o'Groats first. Can you devise a winning race plan?

Speed-time Problems at the Olympics

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to race against Usain Bolt?

Who's the Winner?

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

When two closely matched teams play each other, what is the most likely result?

The Olympic Torch Tour

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Imagine you had to plan the tour for the Olympic Torch. Is there an efficient way of choosing the shortest possible route?

Training Schedule

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

The heptathlon is an athletics competition consisting of 7 events. Can you make sense of the scoring system in order to advise a heptathlete on the best way to reach her target?

Nutrition and Cycling

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Andy wants to cycle from Land's End to John o'Groats. Will he be able to eat enough to keep him going?

Olympic Triathlon

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Is it the fastest swimmer, the fastest runner or the fastest cyclist who wins the Olympic Triathlon?

Secondary Sport Collection

Age 11 to 18

This is our secondary collection of favourite mathematics and sport materials.

Weekly Challenge 20: the Olympic LOGO

Age 11 to 18 Short Challenge Level:

A weekly challenge concerning drawing shapes algorithmically.

Olympic Logic

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

Olympic Records

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?

Medal Muddle

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?

Who's the Best?

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?

Olympic Measures

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

These Olympic quantities have been jumbled up! Can you put them back together again?

Performing Beyond Expectations - Using Sport to Motivate Students in Mathematics Lessons

Age 7 to 16

In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.

Olympic Starters

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?

Now and Then

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Look at the changes in results on some of the athletics track events at the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Compare the results for 2012.

Olympic Turns

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This task looks at the different turns involved in different Olympic sports as a way of exploring the mathematics of turns and angles.

Sport Collection

Age 5 to 18 Challenge Level:

This is our collection of favourite mathematics and sport materials.

Half Time

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?

Olympic Cards

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Design your own scoring system and play Trumps with these Olympic Sport cards.

Who Can Be the Winner?

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Some children have been doing different tasks. Can you see who was the winner?

Opening Patterns

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Look at some of the patterns in the Olympic Opening ceremonies and see what shapes you can spot.

Can You Do it Too?

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.