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Wind Turbine Role Play

There is much debate about reducing greenhouse gases and how renewable energy sources might form part of the answer. Most people agree that renewable energy is a good thing, but how do people react when a wind farm is proposed to be built near them? The following activity puts students into different roles which...

Symmetry

In these AMP resources, co-funded by the Clothworkers and Nuffield Foundation, students investigate making different symmetrical shapes, using one or more of three given shapes. Students will work logically, identifying and classifying patterns making general statements.

The key processes are:

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Water Availability

In this activity, students take the role of data analysts of the World Water Resources Board (WWRB) a fictional organisation charged with providing financial aid to countries most in need of water. They will compare the availability of water in Algeria, Jordan and Turkey. Students will determine how to fairly...

Torbury Festival

Torbury Festival is a set of interactive lessons around staging of a music festival. To overcome various challenges, from floods to escaped cattle to over-excited crowds storming the stage, students must apply their mathematical knowledge to real life situations. The problems are intended to promote discussion,...

Three Dice

In this Nuffield probability activity students play a bingo-style game. To maximize their chances of winning, students must decide which numbers are most likely to occur when three dice are thrown and the scores are added.

The key processes developed in this activity are:

*Representing - identifying...

Stacks

In this Nuffield interactive activity students are asked to explore, analyse and describe the patterns generated by moving counters between two stacks according to a fixed rule, always doubling the size of the smaller stack.

The key processes developed by this activity include:

*Representing -...

Reducing Road Accidents

This activity provides the opportunity for students to appreciate how mathematics plays a part in everyday life. The town council has allocated £100,000 to spend on reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries due to road accidents. Students are expected to adopt the role of planners who work in small teams...

Point Zero

In this activity, students assume the roles of various characters placed in difficult situations e.g. investigating a malfunctioning lift system, attempting to avoid activation a floor-based alarm, escaping from an underground railway network. Students will need to use thinking skills, reasoning skills and problem...

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...

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...

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