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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...

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...

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...

Mission: Rainforest

In this activity students adopt the role of a small team of undercover environmentalists, deep in a tropical rainforest, on a mission to investigate and expose the illegal activities being carried out by a multinational logging organisation that is destroying the planet. Rainforest involves four lessons: *...

In or Out?

In this activity students are asked to construct a simple mathematical model to help decide whether or not the umpire has made the correct decision. Students are required to revisit and test assumptions made in their initial model, make estimates of likely uncertainty and apply their model to similar situations....

How Risky Is Life?

In this activity, students explore the miss-match between real and perceived risk by exploring the risks of dying unexpectedly from various causes. Starting from known fears and comparing them with real-life data, students can recognise that these fears are often unfounded. Students have the opportunity to learn...

Highway Link Design

This activity challenges students to design, and agree on an optimal route for, a village bypass, subject to the Highways Agency constraints for road design. Students use the provided software or physical resources and measure lengths of lines and curves, fine tune cost-benefit trade-offs, interpret data, convert...

Football

This activity is based around video clips of the Swanscombe Tigers youth football team training and preparing for a game. There are three activities: • Pre-Match training which features several video clips showing players carrying out different football-related training tasks. Based on the players’ performances,...

Fashionista

This activity requires students to investigate the mathematics behind fashion trends. The software contains an introductory short film that shows the CEO and Store Manager of a London boutique discussing how to be successful in running a fashion business. His...

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