by David Shaw, 8 October 2013 | 4 comments

There are some surprising patterns that can be revealed in Australian coins if you take a closer look.

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Sometimes getting crafty means getting mathsy! Try some crochet to learn about curved surfaces.

Continue reading Hyperbolic crochetby David Shaw, 24 September 2013 | 0 comments

A scavenger hunt can be an opportunity to explore the use of statistics in the world around you. Think of the scavenger hunt as a way to show the extent of your knowledge, your depth of understanding and your levels of sophistication in using some of your statistical skills.

Continue reading Statistics scavenger huntby David Shaw, 17 September 2013 | 0 comments

Trying to keep track of your recipes? Here’s a handy trick to keep things in order with a paper database. You will need A spiral bound notebook – if you can get one with thick paper, like a visual diary, this activity will be easier Skewers A pair of scissors Pens Make the database Bend…

Continue reading Party food databaseby David Shaw, 3 September 2013 | 5 comments

How likely is it that at least two people out of 30 will share a birthday?

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Keen to blow some seriously big bubbles? Try making this bubble mix!

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by David Shaw, 22 July 2013 | 0 comments

1. Pi (or π) is a number that helps describe circles. It links the width of a circle with its perimeter, or the radius of a circle with its area, or the width of a ball and its volume. It’s the same number no matter how big your circle is – about 3.14159265.

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by Jasmine Fellows, 18 July 2013 | 0 comments

This August, get involved in National Science Week! Why not host your own science quiz night? Here are some questions and answers to help you get started.

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Three and five. Five and seven. Eleven and thirteen. Prime numbers often appear as twins, only two apart. For hundreds of years, mathematicians have wondered – is there a biggest pair of twin primes, or does the list of twins keep going forever?

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by David Shaw, 9 July 2013 | 0 comments

In the last decade, services such as Facebook have provided scientists with lots of information about current friendship links. However, they tell us little about historical friendships. So what might be the structure of an Ancient Greek social network?

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