Posts Tagged ‘exercises’

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Crazy Ways to Make Middle School Maths Cool

November 11, 2016

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I 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:

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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:

Here are some amazing ways to make middle school maths AMAZING:

1. Defronting the Maths Classroom

2. Amazing German Maths Blog

3. m&ms and Exponential functions

4. Take a Mandelbrot Set Selfie

5. Best Fun with Algebra Ever

6. The Multi-legged Beast that Walks

7. Maths You Hold in Your Hand

8. Are you Maths Blind?

9. Real World Maths Selfies 

10. Magical Music Machine built with Maths

And don’t forget:

Maths News from around the World

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2. Funky, Fab and Fantastic. Yeah! That’s Middle School Maths

October 19, 2016

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Funky, Fab and Fantastic INTRO

IMAGINARY

IMAGINARY is a German website where ART and MATHS combine. It is AMAZING.

Schools, museums, students, anyone can download interactive Computer Programs like MORENAMENTS (below) to create art, maths demonstrations and public exhibitions. IMAGINARY also contains maths/art films, an art gallery, programs for printing 3D-sculptures, maths texts and exercises, and more.

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It is FREE.

It is written in ENGLISH.

Here are a few highlights picked by Mathspig, but you have to explore the website yourself.

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SURFER

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 SURFER is a program that allows you to put in any equation and test the resulting 3D image. There is a brief video explaining how it works and you can download the program here.

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WORKSHEETS

You can download worksheets for every school level, but get ready. Here is a worksheet for 5-7 year olds. But why not? Five year olds can look at sheet music without running away screaming, why not show them ALGEBRA too?

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Mathematicians Just Wanna Have Fun

The following videos show mathematicians having fun! If your middle-school students think maths is ‘boring’ show them just one of these videos.

 

Explore IMAGINARY. Enjoy.

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9. Fashion Cube

February 5, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube

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Katy Perry MTV Awards 2011

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Katy Perry ‘This is how we do’  … cubes? Video

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Christian Dior Haute Couture 2011

Don’t tell Katy Perry!!

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Cube Dress

for the girl who never wants to sit down.

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Dog Show Taiwan, Daily Mirror

…also doubles as a coffee table.

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 There is always some designer somewhere who wants to put

a model’s head in a bird cage or a cube.

Swarovski crystal-encrusted cube-shaped hat created by Nasir Mazhar

for the fashion designer Gareth Pugh in 2008