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Shape Folding Videos

These videos are taken from the Maths Careers website and demonstrate how to create a series of recognisable shapes from an A4 piece of paper. Each video lasts approximately 90 seconds, the shapes made include:

- Isosceles triangle

- Equilateral triangle

- Square

- Kites

- Rhombus...

Senior Challenges

These Senior Challenges from Mathematical Education on Merseyside were first produced as take home competitions aimed at Year Nine and Ten students.

Each of these yearly challenges contains about eight questions covering a wide range of mathematical topics set within problem solving or puzzle activities. The...

Sending Texts

This Nuffield investigation involves determining the number of text messages sent if four people send texts to each other, and then extending this for different numbers of people.

*Key processes applicable to this activity are:

*Representing - choosing method of representation to show the texts sent...

Security Camera

A shop owner is to install a security camera in his shop to help prevent shoplifting. Students analyse a plan of the shop, using loci and construction to identify which shoppers are not in view of the camera and calculate what percentage of the shop is not covered. The second part of the activity requires students...

Seasonal science

Students devise, produce and perform a science show for parents or other students in the school. This can be related to particular events happening throughout the year. With guidance, students or children of any age can devise their own show.

School Holidays

In this Nuffield exploration, students consider what factors might affect the choice of dates for school holidays and use these to determine the holiday dates for an alternative school year.

The key processes developed through the activities include:

*Representing - deciding what factors to take into...

Scheduling Pilots

There are strict limits on the number of hours that pilots can work. A formula is given which is used to calculate 'stick' time, the actual working time for a flight with a scheduled flying time of t minutes. Students are required to use this formula to solve a number of problems posed. Students are asked to graph...

Scheduling Aircraft

The flight from Singapore from London takes 13 hours and 35 minutes. Given the take off time and the fact that Singapore is 7 hours ahead of London, students are asked to find the local time the plane lands in London. Students are posed a series of problems and tasks relating to other flights between Singapore and...

Save the World with STEM

How can STEM help us survive and thrive? From thinking about how diseases are spread or contained, to building a better skyscraper that can withstand earthquakes, this programme of activities explores both the practical and the hypothetical. Students are asked to explore the big question: Can we save the world with...

Save a Baby Kangaroo

In this activity students take on the role of an adult in the Australian Outback who whilst out horse riding finds a female kangaroo that has just been killed on the road by a passing truck. Her joey is still alive in her pouch. Through video clips, photographs and data, students become familiar with a range of...


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