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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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River crossings Activity

by David, 15 April 2014 | 2 comments

a paper model of a boat with a farmer and a bag of seed on board

Here’s a hands-on puzzle to get you thinking! It’s a river crossing that will reveal information about how networks operate.

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Jumping puzzle Activity

by David, 8 April 2014 | 0 comments

Six pieces on a board with seven spaces. An arrow shows the ones on the left can move right.

Time to jump start your brain for the day. Can you solve this jumping puzzle? You will need A copy of the printout. Download it here Scissors Sticky tape Assembling the pieces First make the playing pieces. Cut along the thick black lines to get three boy strips and three girl strips Fold each strip…

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Two coloured drawings Activity

by David, 12 March 2014 | 0 comments

Someone is colouring shapes in yellow and blue.

How many coloured pencils or textas do you really need to own? Can you get away with using just two? Time to get colouring with this maths activity.

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Lolly-toothpick platonic solids Activity

by David, 25 February 2014 | 3 comments

an icosahedron.

There are five regular solids – we call these the Platonic solids. The faces of a platonic solid are all the same, regular shape, and the same number of faces meet at each vertex (corner). In this activity you can make all five of them!

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Push your luck! Activity

by David, 28 January 2014 | 0 comments

We’ve got a game for you to try. Grab a couple of dice, pens, paper and a friend: let’s go!

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Binary for beginners Activity

by David, 14 January 2014 | 1 comments

111B + 110B = 1101B

Binary is a way of writing numbers using two digits, typically represented by 1 and 0. It takes some practice to be able to read binary, but it’s the basis of how almost all computers do arithmetic!

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Decoding binary numbers Activity

by David, 13 January 2014 | 4 comments

Zeroes and ones on a blue and green background. ©iStock.com\ivanastar

Written by Gabrielle Tramby In this activity you’ll do maths like a computer. It’s a bit tricky, so younger readers may want to read the ‘What’s Happening?’ section first.

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Faking random Activity

by David, 31 December 2013 | 0 comments

A 5 by5 grid, with die results on the rows and columns. Someon has coloured the rows blue and the coulmns red and is rolling a red and a blue die.

Can you spot the difference between something that is truly random, and something faked by a human? Find out the difference in this activity.

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A game of Nim Game

by David, 24 December 2013 | 1 comments

A single token on a table. Someone is reaching for it.

Grab some tokens and let’s go! Here’s a simple game to play with a friend.

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