Posts Tagged ‘Fun’

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Middle School Maths: WIFI challenge

February 23, 2017

Mathspig spends some time on trains looking at nearby phone HOTSPOT names, so she went out looking for some fun mathsy WIFI names.

Surely,

IT = nerd behaviour = mathsy fun

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SHOCK! HORROR! OUTRAGE!

Mathspig searched for days online. She only found 1, ONE, UNO, SINGULARITY, THE LONELIEST No., one vaguely mathsy WIFI funny (below).

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Instead of showing WIFI maths funnies, Mathspig came up with a great MIDDLE SCHOOL  MATHS WIFI CHALLENGE.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHS

WIFI CHALLENGE

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SUMMARY

1. Find a test/worksheet for your class.

eg. Mathcentre NZ have some fabulous Middle School Worksheets with answers. (eg. BELOW)

2. Change your phone name and HOTSPOT password.

3. Test Answer is your WIFI HOTSPOT password!

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If you do not know how to rename your phone or change the password, GOOGLE it.

It is easy.

4. When students have worked out their answers and accessed your  HOTSPOT using the password, tell them to go this funny link  Use the Wifi Force, Luke! 

Here is a worksheet example:

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Worksheet ANSWERS:

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QUICK SUMMARY

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LINK: Use the WIFI Force, Luke!

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Use the WIFI Force, Luke!

February 23, 2017

So you have cracked the WIFI password (above). It’s time for some Fun, Fun, Funnies.

Here are Mathspig’s favourite WIFI names:

Duracell Bunny Arrested

Charged With Battery

Get Your Own Damn Wi-Fi

FBI Surveillance Van 4

Go home tourists

And check the links at the end of this post for a little bit of weird.

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Weird 1:

Google Image this number: 241543903

It leads to a meme of people posting ‘put your head in a refigerator’ selfies. Why? Dunno.

Weird 2:

Google: Definition (Defn will do) of ‘askew’.

The Google page is askew!!!! Really. What is the angle of the page below horizontal. You can work it out.

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Have Yourself a Mathsy Little Christmas

December 13, 2016

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Mad Mince Pie Maths

December 13, 2016

Mathematicians can make mountains out of mince pies, but in this case Dr Eugenia Cheng, who is Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK, makes it look fun. The video clip includes some great Middle School Maths that you can eat.

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

October 10, 2016

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Funky, Fab and Fantastic INTRO

mathspig-at-icme-hamburg-2016Mathspig tried the m&m Algebra Challenge in her ICME 13 Workshop in Hamburg.

BUT … I bought PEANUT m&ms. OH Nooooooooo!

They were the WRONG SHAPE. Deformed m&ms bounced everywhere. All I could do was collect the m&ms in my gloved hands and hand them out to the workshop participants. They seemed to enjoy the failure.

But Mathspig does not give up that easily.

Here is the m&m ALGEBRA CHALLENGE with PLAIN m&ms.

The Great m+m ALGEBRA CHALLENGE

Method:

1. Open a packet of PLAIN m&ms. (Wear white Gloves like the m+ms)

2. TIP onto table. (Put a few books around the edge to define an area.)

3. Sort the m&ms into:

m -UP pile.

m-DOWN pile.

4. REMOVE the m-UP pile.

5. PICK up m-DOWN pile and TIP again.

6. REPEAT until only 1 m+m is left.

The pattern should follow the exponential equation here:

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Did it work? Check it out below.

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Who knew one family packet had 366 m+ms?

You’ll find a worked ‘theoretical’ example here.

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Here’s the ANSWER:

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Try it. Middle school students have to see

that applying maths in the real world can be tricky but logical.

And a lot of FUN too.