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Cubic Conundrum

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?

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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: Archimedes' Spiral

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Make a spiral mobile.

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Making Maths: Stars

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?

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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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Making Maths: Link-a-cube

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.

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Making Maths: Triangular Ball

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Make a ball from triangles!

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Making Maths: Kites and Darts

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.

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Making Maths: Making a Tangram

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.

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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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Making Maths: Make a Magic Circle

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

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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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Nine Colours

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?

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Making Maths: Be a Mathemagician

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

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Making Maths: A-maze-ing

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.

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Back to the Practical?

Age 7 to 14

In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .

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Bryony's Triangle

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?

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Straight to Curves

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?

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Folding

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?

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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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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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Tangram Pictures

Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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Attractive Rotations

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72 degrees or...

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Making Maths: Snake Pits

Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:

A game to make and play based on the number line.

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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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Making Maths: Clinometer

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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.

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Making Maths: Test the Strength of a Triangle

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures? Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see how rigid triangles are.

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Making Maths: Equilateral Triangle Folding

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.

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A Patchwork Piece

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

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It's a Tie

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

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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: Five-point Snowflake

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.

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Paper Curves

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.

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Making Maths: Snowflakes

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!

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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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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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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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Making Maths: Double-sided Magic Square

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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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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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 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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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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Rolling Triangle

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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.

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Marbles

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

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?

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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 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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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.

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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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The Best Card Trick?

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

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?

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Fractional Triangles

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.