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Shuffle like a pro! Activity

by David, 8 September 2014 | 0 comments

Someone has cupped their left hand around the deck of cards and is shuffling them.

You will need Two decks of cards. Younger mathematicians with small hands might have difficulty with a full sized deck of cards. Using smaller cards might be easier. If you’re still having difficulty, try asking an adult for help with shuffling. Overhand shuffle (for right-handed people) If you are left-handed, click here to see the…

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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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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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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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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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Coin toss game Game

by David, 15 October 2013 | 0 comments

A square grid areas close to the lines are coloured green. areas far away from the lines are coloured red. there is a coin on the grid.

Here’s a fun game that will help you explore probability. With a bit of thought you’re more likely to win. Are you smart enough to work it out?

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Statistics scavenger hunt Activity

by David, 24 September 2013 | 0 comments

Several cans of hairspray. They each say '25% extra free'.

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.

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Birthday paradox Activity

by David, 3 September 2013 | 5 comments

A wrapped gift, a party hat, decorative ribbon, and a cupcake with a lit birthday candle on a calendar. ©iStock.com/Double_Vision

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

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A business plan Activity

by David, 30 July 2013 | 0 comments

Three soft serve ice cream cones.

Have you ever wanted to open your own shop? Try this market research activity to find out if you could make a living selling things that you love!

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