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.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
You can use a clinometer to measure the height of tall things that you can't possibly reach to the top of, Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of tall objects.
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
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?
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
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?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
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?
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
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.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72 degrees or...
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?