Construction - September 2005, All Stages

Problems

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Chairs and Tables

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!

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Mrs Trimmer's String

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you help the children in Mrs Trimmer's class make different shapes out of a loop of string?

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Complete the Square

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they look!

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Dotty Relationship

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you draw perpendicular lines without using a protractor? Investigate how this is possible.

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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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Yin Yang

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you reproduce the Yin Yang symbol using a pair of compasses?

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Keep Your Distance

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you mark 4 points on a flat surface so that there are only two different distances between them?

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Property Chart

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?

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Shapely Pairs

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...

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Three Tears

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Construct this design using only compasses

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Triangle in a Triangle

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you work out the fraction of the original triangle that is covered by the inner triangle?

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Half a Triangle

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Construct a line parallel to one side of a triangle so that the triangle is divided into two equal areas.

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Trig Rules OK

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Change the squares in this diagram and spot the property that stays the same for the triangles. Explain...

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Pentabuild

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Explain how to construct a regular pentagon accurately using a straight edge and compass.

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Vecten

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Join in this ongoing research. Build squares on the sides of a triangle, join the outer vertices forming hexagons, build further rings of squares and quadrilaterals, investigate.