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Seeing Temperatures

This activity allows students to investigate how images are produced from data streams by using first a spreadsheet and then an image-processing program. They then go on to see how the usefulness of such a monochromatic image may be enhanced by using lookup tables and calibration. The materials used focus on the...

Geography and applied maths activity

Using the video (, discuss in groups how to help Natasha and the former lighthouse keeper to swim the 3km channel between the island and the mainland

When to set off? climate vs weather

What time to set off? Tides...

Building Images

In this activity, students create colour images from satellite data. This allows them to study how different surfaces reflect different wavelengths of light, how coloured images are created using an RGB model, and how band combinations can be chosen to examine a particular landscape effectively.

You Reckon?

In this activity students are introduced the idea of Plausible Estimation (PE). PE underpins major decisions made in private and public lives. PE tasks allow students to appreciate how powerful simple mathematics can be when making decisions about important topics by solving problems faced by aid agencies,...

Speed Cameras

In this activity, students are presented with the question: “Do speed cameras reduce road casualties – or not?”. The activity is set in the context of media reporting to explore ideas of randomness, probability and drawing conclusions from data. A secondary theme is the mathematical modelling of a real situation....

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...

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...


In this Cre8ate maths activity students learn that a simulation is a model of a real situation. Data for the birth rate of rabbits is provided and is used by students to develop their own model to simulate the breeding of rabbits in a field and consider the likely damage to the farmer’s crop. Initially this is done...

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...

Paper Sizes

In this Nuffield investigation students study paper sizes in the A and B international series, exploring relationships within each series and between the series.

The key processes are:

*Representing - identifying the mathematics involved in the task and developing appropriate representations.



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