The Royal Institution provide a selection of resources which offer opportunities for practical mathematical activities and investigation.

Calculating colours - explores the different ways in which proportion can be expressed

City walk- provides a natural context to integrate mathematics, engineering and technology

Curve fold- a paper folding activity to explore the parabola

Platonic solids - construct solids and explore classification of 3D shapes 

Mirrors and angles investigation - repeated reflections and symmetrical properties

Sierpinski triangles investigation - explore patterns in mathematics

What can soap films tell us about motorways? - design and test motorway networks Guidance for teachers is provided, together with an overview of the activities, presentations and templates.

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Calculating Colours

This practical activity from the Royal Institution provides students with an understanding of the different ways in which proportion can be expressed. Through a mixture of explanation and practical work, students explore how it is possible to give an accurate quantitative description of colours. Students mix...

City Walk

This resource, from the Royal Institution, includes an example of a school outing that centres on mathematics. A trip to famous London buildings provides a natural context to integrate mathematics, engineering and technology. Creativity and knowledge are used to address energy efficiency issues, touch on topics...

Curved Fold

This resource, from the Royal Institution, provides students with the opportunity to explore the formation of a parabola through a paper folding activity. Students follow a set of simple instructions which describe how to fold a piece of A4 paper and are asked to describe what shape is produced. The activity is...

Platonic Solids

This resource, from the Royal Institution, provides a practical experience which introduces students to the classification of 3D shapes. Modelling equipment is used to construct solids and explore possible shapes that can be formed with only triangular, square or pentagonal faces. Students also learn about Platonic...

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