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Plastic challenge

This resource contains a series of lessons which are designed to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of plastics and plastic waste on a global scale. Linking to materials and their properties, the environment, recycling and design and technology, they contain investigations and activities aimed at both...

Pixel Perfection

This investigation from Cre8ate maths involves students in finding the best size screen for a television. If you have a large flat screen and view a standard analogue or digital picture the individual pixels are visible if you are sitting too close to the screen. Working in small groups of 3 or 4, students measure...

Pit Stop

The Pit stop activities from Cre8ate maths are designed to motivate students to investigate the performance of model solar cars through a series of racing challenges. To do this activity you will need a set of model solar racing cars which are often shared between design technology and science departments. Students...

Patchwork Cushions

A square patchwork cushion is made up of right angled triangles along the edges and squares in the middle. The first cushion made consists of only four triangles, the second is made up of eight triangles and four squares. Students are required to explore this pattern to find connections between the size of the...

Outbreak

In this activity students explore the use of mathematics in a disease management context. Students assume the role of scientists attempting to contain the spread of a dangerous virus and are expected to locate infected people, develop a successful antidote and manage a large-scale vaccination programme. Students...

Ordering

These Cre8ate maths activities develop multi-stage logistical thinking. The Planning ahead puzzle develops process skills of problem solving: working systematically and creating, describing and experimenting with systematic strategies. Making tea is concerned with finding the best way to organise time and draws on...

Olympics: Are Women Improving Faster than Men?

Since women have been competing in the Olympics, there have been many cases where the women, at least for a while, have been improving faster than men. In this activity students explore whether this trend is likely to continue until women are out-performing men.

Students use relevant data to help model the...

Olympic Cycling

This Bowland assessment task is a very open task. Students are given lap times of the medal winners of the men’s team sprint cycling race from the 2008 Olympic games and are asked to create and answer two questions based upon the data provided. Students are encouraged to write questions which require a wide range...

Mystery Tours

This task consists of three activities and provides students with the opportunity to explore the use of mathematics in a travel and tourism context. Students adopt the role of newly-appointed managers at a travel company and are required to plan a tour of the UK, choosing the destinations, transport and...

My Music

This activity provides the opportunity for students to analyse the similarities and differences between genres of popular music with particular focus on the variable measures of tempo. Students work in small groups and listen to different music tracks, measure the tempos and interpret and present the results....

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