This collection offers students, and their teachers, a set of interesting, exciting problems. Each problem is designed to develop thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills. In completing the activities students will be required to represent a situation in mathematical terms, analyse models, interpret, evaluate and communicate their results. The case studies are very different from each other, both in content and style.Topics range from real issues to fantasy worlds, but all set in contexts to which students can relate. Each case study is designed to occupy three to five lessons and contains materials for students, teachers’ notes and lesson plans. Many are based on ‘open’ questions with no one right answer and most can be tackled on different levels. Most of the case studies require access to some form of ICT.

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AstroZoo

This activity requires students to use computer software to try to save a space borne tourist attraction, AstroZoo, which has various exotic space creatures, but has fallen on hard times. The zoo was once a great success, but bad management has seen oxygen reserves exhausted, creature enclosures overpopulated,...

Crash Test

In this activity, students use computer software to explore the impact of car crashes under varying conditions and the effects on a simulated dummy. Students can select a car, a crash point and a speed, then watch an animation of a crash and see the results as physical impact on the dummy and as numerical data....

Explorers

In this activity, students are required to find a safe route through a notoriously perilous region of space called the Twilight Nebula.

They will be faced with a number of different threats but can maximise their chances of survival using a series of threat assessment readouts. Students will compare fraction...

Football

This activity is based around video clips of the Swanscombe Tigers youth football team training and preparing for a game. There are three activities: • Pre-Match training which features several video clips showing players carrying out different football-related training tasks. Based on the players’ performances,...

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