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Measuring fairness News

by David, 2 December 2015 | 0 comments

Two kids, one with a big slice of cake and one with a smaller slice.

Imagine this game: you and a stranger are sitting in front of a machine. The machine has two piles of lollies. There’s one pile for you and one for your partner. You have two handles. Pull the green handle and you both get lollies. Pull the red one and no one gets anything.

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Ball paradox Activity

by David, 30 November 2015 | 0 comments

Several balls of differeng sizes in a row.

When there’s lots of balls in a line, does the order of balls affect the length of the line? Time to investigate!

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Nine Men’s Morris Game

by David, 30 October 2015 | 0 comments

Lots of counters on the board. A piece slides from one intersection to an adjacent one.

Learn the ancient (and very fun) game of Nine Men’s Morris.

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T puzzle Activity

by David, 9 October 2015 | 0 comments

Atriangle, two quadrilaterals and a pentagon.

There’s only four pieces, but this puzzle is Totally Tricky!

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Unfriendly neighbours Activity

by David, 19 August 2015 | 2 comments

a 1 in a box. the surrounding boxes are crossed out

Try not one, but two maths games! These games will help you create mathematical networks revealing underlying pattern.

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Card teaser Game

by David, 5 June 2015 | 0 comments

Someone with a black card in their hat, saying 'I don't know'.

Many games are competitive, but in this game you have to cooperate. Try to work out the card on your head, but be careful. If either of you make a mistake, you both lose!

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Jar of jellybeans Activity

by David, 24 March 2015 | 0 comments

a jar of jellybeans on a set of scales.

It’s a tempting treat and a mathematical conundrum. We’ll show you how to run a jellybean guessing competition, and give you some hints on how to win!

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Caesar cipher Activity

by David, 3 March 2015 | 0 comments

Two circles with letters on them, held together with a split pin.

Learn the Caesar cipher, one of the oldest codes ever devised!

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Play Chomp Game

by David, 16 December 2014 | 0 comments

A grid of 12 balls. a rectangle in the lower right are highlighted.

Here’s an easy game to play with a friend. Can you avoid taking the coloured ball? Give it a go, then use some of our hints to get ahead.

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River crossings Activity

by David, 15 April 2014 | 2 comments

The farmer and corn are in the boat, the fox and chicken are on the bank.

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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