Secondary Interactive Summer Challenges 2022

We have a challenge a day for you throughout the summer break...

Each weekday, from 18 July to 2 September, a new interactive game or puzzle will appear on this page.

After you've had a go at the day's challenge you may be able to compare your approach to the solutions we have published, which are based on students' work. 

You can also find Primary Interactive Summer Challenges 2022.

 

Tilted Squares

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?

Semi-regular Tessellations

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?

Countdown

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

The Better Choice

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Here are two games you can play. Which offers the better chance of winning?

Last Biscuit

Age 11 to 18
Challenge Level

Can you find a strategy that ensures you get to take the last biscuit in this game?

Factors and Multiples Game

Age 7 to 16
Challenge Level

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

Comparing Carbon Footprints

Age 11 to 18
Challenge Level

This interactivity is designed to help you gain a better understanding of how your lifestyle choices can affect your carbon footprint.

Magic Potting Sheds

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?

Number Lines in Disguise

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

Some of the numbers have fallen off Becky's number line. Can you figure out what they were?

Estimating Angles

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

How good are you at estimating angles?

3D Treasure Hunt

Age 14 to 18
Challenge Level

Some treasure has been hidden in a three-dimensional grid! Can you work out a strategy to find it as efficiently as possible?

Treasure Hunt

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the treasure in the minimum number of guesses?

Beelines

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Is there a relationship between the coordinates of the endpoints of a line and the number of grid squares it crosses?

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?

Your Number Is...

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

Think of a number and follow the machine's instructions... I know what your number is! Can you explain how I know?

Square Coordinates

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when you are given just one of its sides?

Charlie's Delightful Machine

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

Isosceles Triangles

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

Got It

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

Finding Factors

Age 14 to 16
Challenge Level

Can you find the hidden factors which multiply together to produce each quadratic expression?

Fruity Totals

Age 7 to 16
Challenge Level

In this interactivity each fruit has a hidden value. Can you deduce what each one is worth?

Connect Three

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

In this game the winner is the first to complete a row of three. Are some squares easier to land on than others?

Frogs

Age 11 to 14
Challenge Level

How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?

The Number Jumbler

Age 7 to 14
Challenge Level

The Number Jumbler can always work out your chosen symbol. Can you work out how?

Square It

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

Crossing the Bridge

Age 11 to 18
Challenge Level

Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?