What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
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?
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
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.
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
How is it possible to predict the card?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.