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Make it move: electric racer

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students build an electric racer powered by a super-capacitor. Students must construct the racer and choose which pulley ratio will enable it to cover the greatest distance.Students decide on the pulley ratio following observations of the in-...
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Make It Move: Linear Actuator

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students make a linear actuator. The lead screw linear actuator uses a motor driven screw thread to move a threaded slider along its length. Limit switches turn off the motor when the slider reaches either end of its movement track.Students...
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Make It Move: Muscle Wire Actuator

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students construct a lever that is moved by muscle wire. This is a conductor that contracts when an electric current is passed through it. The wire movement controls a lever.Students are asked to consider:* What are the advantages and...
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Make It Move: Rotating Arm Actuator

In this design challenge from the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, students make a rotating arm actuator. This uses a geared dc motor to turn a friction fit arm. Two cams can be set at different angles to operate limit switches to control the movement of the arm.Power is fed to the motor using an H bridge...
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Algebra on the Planet Zog!

Produced by the Maths Magic project, Algebra on the Planet Zog! provides teacher inspiration for ‘clock’ or modulo arithmetic. Describing addition modulo six, students are asked to complete an addition table. There then follows a number of rich, searching questions asking students to extend their knowledge resulting...
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Are You a 'Golden' Person?

Produced by the Maths Magic project, Are you a ‘Golden’ Person? provides teacher inspiration for investigating the Golden ratio. Beginning with an investigation into the ratio between successive terms of the Fibonacci sequence, a link to a video provides further ideas and information on the Golden ratio. Three student...
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Comparing Datasets

This activity is produced by the Maths Magic project. Comparing Datasets provides examples and ideas for comparing data using mean, mode median, interquartile range and standard deviation. The examples suggested are: *Do males have faster reaction times than females? *Is life expectancy higher in the North or South of...
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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 Unit...
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Circles with Whole Number Points

Produced by the Maths Magic project, Circles with Whole Number Points provides teacher inspiration for investigating equations of a circle and Pythagoras’ theorem. The student task sheet refers to the use of Geogebra. The task consists of drawing circle, centre (0,0), radius 5 and finding all the points with integer...
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What's the Question?

This activity is produced by the Maths Magic project. What’s the Question? provides an activity to act as stimuli for work on the geometry of straight lines and circles. The activity consists of two mathematical diagrams. Students are asked to generate questions that could be asked related to each diagram. The teacher...
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