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Spot the rice Activity

by Pat, 8 July 2014 | 0 comments

a container of rice with a few black grains.

You may have heard a climate scientist talking about ‘parts per million’ or ppm. If you want to get a handle on what that means, and how much CO2 is in our atmosphere, you’ve come to the right place!

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Round cubic decoration Activity

by David, 1 July 2014 | 0 comments

A solid shape made of cones

Cones are kinda round, but put them together right and you can make a cubic decoration. Sound confusing? Don’t worry, it’s really simple and really fun!

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Tessellating tiles Activity

by David, 10 June 2014 | 0 comments

A square of paper with chiunks cut out of each side and taped on the opposite.

Would you like to make your own repeating patterns, a la Escher? Grab some scissors and make some tessellating tiles!

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Celtic knots Activity

by David, 3 June 2014 | 0 comments

A hole in the woven pattern.

For over a thousand years, people have been drawing intricate woven patterns known as Celtic knots. As we’re about to find out, there’s a lot of maths involved!

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Right on target Activity

by David, 27 May 2014 | 0 comments

A ball is in the third concentric circle.

How good are you at throwing? This game rewards you not just for throwing on target, but knowing how good you are!

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Liar’s Dice Activity

by David, 20 May 2014 | 0 comments

four groups of 5 dice each.

Here’s a fun game that will reward you when you don’t tell the truth. Have a go at liar’s dice!

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Touching tubes Activity

by David, 6 May 2014 | 0 comments

The ends of three pencils make a triangle.

We’re going to see how many pencils we can put together so that each pencil touches all the others. Try coming up with your own solutions, and then follow these instructions to create some famous patterns.

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Jelly lens for your smartphone Activity

by David, 2 May 2014 | 0 comments

A jelly lens being placed over a camera lens.

Written by Sarah Kellett Have you ever wanted to own a microscope? This jelly lens can turn any phone camera into a magnifying machine!

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Pool trick shots Activity

by David, 22 April 2014 | 1 comments

Six coloured balls form two v shapes pointing at each other.

It takes years of practice to get really good at pool or snooker. But with a bit of practice and a bit of maths, you should be able to pull off these pool trick shots no problem! Note: If you don’t know how to use a pool cue to hit balls, ask someone to teach…

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Draw an egg Activity

by David, 20 April 2014 | 2 comments

Three points are marked in a triangle. around each pair of points, an elipse is drawn. the whole shape looks like an egg.

Happy Easter everyone! Here’s a handy way to draw an egg shape using maths.

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