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Emergency Shelter

This Nuffield task is to design an emergency shelter, using a 4m x 3m rectangular piece of tent material, to protect three people from wind and rain.

The key processes developed include:

*Representing - recognising where mathematics can help with the design of the shelter, for example: choosing,...

Earth Sun Moon Distances

Basketball Earth
This resource uses a basketball as the Earth to set up a scale model to the distance to the Moon, satellites and distances such as the thickness of the atmosphere and the height of transatlantic jets. Students must do a card matching exercise to match objects to...

Disaster Response: How do Engineers Save Lives?

This suite of student activities, challenges and related resources aims to give students an insight into the roles of engineers following a natural disaster.

The short introductory activities increase students’ awareness of the range of types of natural disaster and the kinds of problems associated with them...

Different Picture - Same Story

This activity is produced by the Maths Magic project. Different Picture – Same Story provides examples and ideas for interpreting statistical diagrams and asks the question ‘Why do we need lots of different ways to communicate the same information?’.

The teaching plan uses the resources from the Standards...

Designing Logos

In this activity from Cre8ate maths students are encouraged to experiment with different kinds of symmetry to create a suitable logo.

There is an exercise in using symmetrical properties to reproduce previously designed logos and this activity is complemented by Creating a logo, which gives students a free...

Design the Mascot

In this activity, students take the role of a graphic designer. Their task is to create a mascot for a new primary school. Students use a web-based digital drawing tool package to draw their design. Students are encouraged to work both individually and in small groups to discuss possible designs as they make...

Design a Table

In this Nuffield exploration students are asked to design a table for a group of 5 people for daily use. The table must be extendable to accommodate 8 to 10 people for some occasions

The key processes developed are:

*Representing - recognising where mathematics can help with the table design, for...

Counting Trees

In this assessment task from Bowland, students are provided with a page containing circles and triangles which represent different trees in a wood. Students are tasked with estimating how many of the different types of trees there are and then required to simplify a complex situation and choose an appropriate...

Cre8 Salon

This Cre8ate maths activity draws on research which has indicated that many trainees / school leavers who are employed in vocational positions struggle with the numeracy skills needed in the workplace. Cre8 salon is a series of flexible activities that are designed to simulate some of the challenges of work in the...

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....

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