Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded cubes.
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?
Can you use small coloured cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of each colour?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of hammer, nails and string.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?
Kaia is sure that her father has worn a particular tie twice a week in at least five of the last ten weeks, but her father disagrees. Who do you think is right?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades?
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
As part of Liverpool08 European Capital of Culture there were a huge number of events and displays. One of the art installations was called "Turning the Place Over". Can you find our how it works?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!