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Observing the Sun and the Moon

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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.

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Gym Bag

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?

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Make Your Own Pencil Case

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?

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Celtic Knotwork Patterns

Age 7 to 14

This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.

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Plaiting and Braiding

Age 7 to 14

This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.

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Straw Scaffold

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water

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Turning the Place Over

Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

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?

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Making Maths: Archimedes' Spiral

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Make a spiral mobile.

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First Forward Into Logo 5: Pen Up, Pen Down

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo

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Cool as Ice

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.

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Witch's Hat

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?

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Making Maths: String and Circles

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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.

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First Forward Into Logo 10: Count up - Count Down

Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

What happens when a procedure calls itself?

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First Forward Into Logo 8: More about Variables

Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.

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First Forward Into Logo 12: Puzzling Sums

Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.

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First Forward Into Logo 9: Stars

Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.

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First Forward Into Logo 3: Repeat REPEAT

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.

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Hoops/rope

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

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Folding, Cutting and Punching

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

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Paper Folding - Models of the Platonic Solids

Age 11 to 16

A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.

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First Forward Into Logo 6: Variables and Procedures

Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.

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Making Maths: Make a Pendulum

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute timer?

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Making Maths: Walking Through a Playing Card?

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?

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Making Maths: Celtic Knot Tiles

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques

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Well Balanced

Age 5 to 18 Challenge Level:

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.

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First Forward Into Logo 7: Angles of Polygons

Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.

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Plaited Origami Polyhedra

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.

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Fit These Shapes

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

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Turning Granny

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?

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Flip Your Mat!

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?

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Fractions Jigsaw

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.

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Making Rectangles, Making Squares

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?

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Building Patterns

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

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Triangular Faces

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

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Putting Two and Two Together

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

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Stringy Quads

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

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First Forward Into Logo 4: Circles

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?

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Sports Equipment

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

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Cereal Packets

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

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First Forward Into Logo 11: Sequences

Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.

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Triangle Relations

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

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How Tall?

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

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Sponge Sections

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.

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Regular Rings 1

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

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Construct-o-straws

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

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Constructing Triangles

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?

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Domino Sets

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?

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This Fencing

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

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Car Journey

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.

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Muggles, Logo and Gradients

Age 11 to 18

Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.