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A Christmas packing puzzle Activity

by David, 14 December 2013 | 0 comments

Merry Christmas! Here’s our maths gift to you – a puzzle.

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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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Find the kitchen (in almost any house!) Activity

by David, 13 August 2013 | 0 comments

Someone in front of a wall, next to a photocopier. there's an arrow pointing right.

The following instructions are designed to find the kitchen in your house. This activity won’t work in all houses – and don’t go into any places you’re not supposed to be in – but it’s quite fun to see where the instructions take you!

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Need some inspiration? News

by Jasmine, 9 July 2013 | 0 comments

A teenage girl

These BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards students have done practical research projects, with innovative approaches, using scientific procedures. See what they’ve achieved in the video below. Video transcript available here. Are you up for the challenge? Enter the BHP Science and Engineering Awards!

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Arrow maze Activity

by David, 21 May 2013 | 0 comments

A grid filled with arrows.

Here’s a fun puzzle! it’s a maze with no walls. So what’s keeping you on track? well, this maze is made of arrows – it’s an arrow maze!

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Anzac science Activity

by David, 25 April 2013 | 1 comments

It’s Anzac Day – time to stick a sprig of rosemary in your hat, go to the dawn service and bake a batch of Anzac biscuits. But, while I was baking, I noticed some strange things going on.

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Soma cube Activity

by David, 26 January 2013 | 0 comments

The soma cube is a tricky puzzle! First, you’ll glue some cubes together into strange shapes. Then see if you can get those shapes to come together!

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Play a game of Salvo! Activity

by David, 10 January 2013 | 1 comments

Here’s a fun game to play, but there’s more to it than chance. Have a try, then see if you can use some maths strategies to improve your game!

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How the Global Positioning System (GPS) works Activity

by Pat, 28 November 2012 | 1 comments

A tree trunk with string tied around it and bundled at the base.

Time to head outdoors! This simple activity explains the basics of how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works.

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Pizza brainteaser! Brainteaser

by David, 1 November 2012 | 3 comments

Pizza delivery man holding a pizza

Mario has a whole pizza that hasn’t been cut. He cuts the pizza in half, and then cuts each of those pieces in half to make four pieces. He then cuts all of those slices in half, and then those in half and so on.

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