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The Greenest Route

This Cre8ate maths activity deals with the external costs of transport which affect society but which are not paid for by the transport users who cause them. Road, rail, air and water are compared. Mathematical connections involve working on inverse proportion, conversion calculations, compound percentage change...

The Golden Curve

This resource, from the Maths Careers website, explores decimal numbers, predicting terms of a sequence and geometrical pictures and was produced in conjunction by More Maths Grads and the Queen Mary University of London.

The activity invites students find the maths hidden in everyday images, before...

The Big Picture

In the student activities booklet, students investigate the scale of the solar system in different ways: diameters of planets, distances between them and scaled masses. The Drake equation is an equation that can be used to estimate the number of civilisations in the Milky Way galaxy. The spreadsheet gives a range...

The Best of the Best

This resource consists of the following activities: *A happy crew?: students must decide what attributes are needed for a good mission crew. *Fit for space?: this activity looks at pulse rates. Students must prepare a presentation on how a fitness test could be used to screen applicants to the astronaut programme...

Taxi Cabs

In this Bowland assessment task, students are asked to organise a trip to the airport for 75 people. A combination of small and large taxis can be used. Students are told how many people each taxi can hold and how much each taxi costs and are required to find the cheapest solution. Students select a suitable...

Take off

A two-part activity that starts with a group discussion about the factors that need to be considered when an aircraft takes off and lands. The second activity challenges student to design and make a model aeroplane and a mechanism or system for launching it.

Survive on a Desert Island

You’re in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime sailing trip around the world. As you pass the tropics, you plough into a pile of floating debris. A large log smashes into your hull and your yacht quickly sinks. Luckily for you, you’re a great swimmer, and you can see a small island on the horizon. Unluckily for you,...

Survive an Asteroid Impact

For the last few billion years an asteroid has been journeying through the cold expanses of space, on course to hit planet Earth! As it collides with the Earth, it lights up the skies and smashes the ground. Luckily for you, scientists saw it coming and you were evacuated to an underground bunker. Your challenge...

Survive a zombie apocalypse

A terrifying virus has been spreading around the world. In a matter of weeks, it has killed 90% of the world’s population. Even worse, the victims don’t stay dead. Now, these zombies are roaming the streets looking for their next meal: your brains! Your challenge is to stay alive until scientists find a cure. Be...

Supermarket Car Parks

These activities from Cre8ate maths explore the efficient use of space in car parks. These are two-dimensional ‘best fit’ problems which require logic and a systematic approach to find effective solutions. They give students the chance to devise and test out strategies using systematic trial-and-improvement...