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Spreadsheet tutorials

This series of spreadsheet tutorials for excel 10, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, work through a range of spreadsheet functions that can be used when analysing data.

Each tutorial contains detailed instructions and a series of exercises to work through. The tutorials start with some of the more...

Principia mission - maths in space

On December 15th 2015 European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake launched on the six month Principia mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Principia was named after Isaac Newton’s Naturalis Principia Mathematica, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity.

The education and inspiration of...

Where Would You Photograph? (14-16)

In this activity students take on the role of Earth observation scientists submitting a request for an image they would like for their research. This gives them the opportunity to consider the possibilities of pictures taken from orbit (and the limitations) and to write scientifically for a specific audience. It...

Transit Math

This series of activities from NASA take a mathematical approach to looking at transits, eclipses and occultations. They are intended as supplementary problems for students looking for additional challenges in mathematics and physical science from age 11 to 19 years.

The problems were created to be authentic...

Throwing a six

In this Core Maths task students explore the question ‘On average, how many throws does it take to throw a six?’ Through this activity students can gain an understanding of ‘expectation’ as well as learning how to calculate summary statistics when the data is given in a frequency table.

Throwing a...

Which Team Won?

This resource can be used as an introductory exercise into mathematical modelling. The problem is to decide on the winning team in a race. Students need to examine the data and decide on a model to determine the winner.

Overview
This brief overview...

Practice time

In this Core Maths task student have to answer a series of statistics questions covering box and whisker plots, cumulative frequency graphs and stem and leaf diagrams.

Practice Time: presentation
This PowerPoint presentation contains six examples, with questions, for students to explore...

Stroop effect

This Core Maths task introduces the Stroop Effect. Students are asked to design and conduct an experiment to test the effect.

Stroop Effect: Front Sheet
This teacher guidance gives an overview of the task including prior student knowledge, suggested approaches and possible extensions....

Spread of disease

This Core Maths resource enables students to explore various models of the spread of disease. 

The presentation has links to instructions for three activities:

  • a practical investigation using a die and counters to model the spread and decline of a disease and an activity sheet to...

Patriotic Design

In this activity students explore the idea of correlation. The resource contains an overview, teacher guidance, data sheet and handouts. The activity provides an introduction to correlation, showing the basis of Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient, but also indicating there are other methods of trying to...

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