4. The X Squared FactorAugust 15, 2012
The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt
Students must complete 2 challenges @ 4⅓points each. No additional challenges allowed.
4. The X Squared Factor
* Make an origami soccer ball
* Video of a pile of Lego sorting into a Venn Diag of shape, colour and bumps
* Fill a matchbox full of rice. How many grains? How many grains of rice to fill an Olympic swimming pool?
* Learn π to 20 places then annoy everyone. No. Just demonstrate this skill.
* Devise a way to simply measure the volume of a set of keys. (Go Archimedes Go)
* Toast the area of a piece of toast into the toast.
* Draw a simple picture of mathematician on graph paper. Write the co-ordinates of major points [eg. (2,5), (5, 7) etc] in order so that someone else can redraw the picture without seeing it. Test it.
* How many corn flakes are there in a 750gm box?
* Trap yourself inside a Matrix. Full points for most creative effort.
* Give a 3-minute humorous talk on why fractions are vulgar.
* Devise a method to calculate the speed of ants around your house or the school. Now calculate the time it would take for an ant to finish the 100m Olympic sprint.
* Demonstrate n! from n = 1 to n = 10 in Lego blocks
* Bring in an Abacus and demonstrate how you multiply 96 x 72.
* Find the minimum aeroplane seat width @ Seatguru for British Air, Qantas and American airlines. Now calculate how many seats these airlines could fit across your couch @ home.
*Rewrite the 12 Days of Christmas Carol with maths terms. Sing in woollie hat and scarf to class.
* Sing the 7 times table to the class Opera Style.
* There are 1,070 dimples on a golf ball. The diameter of a golf ball is 4.3 cm. How many dimples per square cm? The diameter of a tennis ball is 6.9 cm, how many dimples would fit on a tennis ball?
* How many slices of bread to cover your country? How many loaves? You will find size and links here. A pre-sliced loaf of supermarket bread is approx 10 cm by 11 cm.
* A large tube of toothpaste is 4.2 oz or 119 gm. What length of toothpaste squeezed in a straight line could you squeeze out of that tube?
* How much air is in an Aero? This can be calculated. By weight and by volume.
* How many 100s & 1000s or sprinkles or jimmies are there on average on top of a cup cake? Make an equation (That’s algebra, folks) using symbols made of sprinkles on cupcakes. Bring to class. They will be eaten.
* Rewrite Some of My Favourite Things from the sound of music using only maths terms. You can make clothes out of curtains or use old clothes and felt markers and whatever grabs your imagination to make a maths tie/skirt/shirt/hat to sing the song to the class.
* What is the probability that a peanut butter sandwich will land peanut butter if you get a fright and throw it in the air? Show trial numbers.
* How many channels can you surf in a 20 second period? If you had to get up off the couch, walk to the TV set, push a button and return to the couch, how long would it take to surf that many channels? Yeah! Like in the olden days.
* Make a complex tessellation using Cuisenaire rods or potato stamps you have carved. (Diagram below is not a tessellation but nice potato stamp art.)
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