## Crazy Ways to Make Middle School Maths Cool

November 11, 2016I started my maths workshop in Hamburg by stirring up some friendly rivalry. And what better way to do this than by using statistics.

# Which is the biggest country?

Australia is 21.5 times the area of Germany. So I counted off 22 workshop participants and pointed to one saying ‘Your’re Germany! Ha!’ Here’s another way to compare areas:

# Which country has the largest population?

Germany has 3.5 times the population of Australia.

But the really interesting questions are:

Who drinks more beer?

Who eats more meat?

Here are the answers to these and other interesting questions from the introduction to my workshop with apologies to Brisbane and Perth:

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