School of Mathematics

Have Fun with Maths

This is a collection of resources for P5-S3 students. The resources focus on strategy games, and include explanatory videos, a range of puzzles, and some tips for teachers who want to use them in their classroom.

"Have Fun with Maths" is a workshop we have successfully run in many local primary and secondary schools. 

In the occasion of Maths Week 2019 we have decided to make this workshop into a collection of online resources that teachers can use in their classroom.

The resources include some explanatory videos, a wide range of games and puzzles targeting different levels and abilities, and some tips for teachers.

The workshop is suitable for P5-S3 students, and focuses on some strategy games. It is aimed at developing problem solving, as well as showing the fun and creative side of mathematics. The workshop also prompts to applications of Mathematics to the study of transport networks.

Overview

The document below contains an overview of the workshop.

 

Explanatory Videos

You can  access the videos clicking on the links below, and use them to guide you through the workshop.

Video 1: Introduction
Video 2: Rules of the Games and first examples
Video 3: Game 3
Video4: Game 4
Video 5: Game 5- Coming soon
Video 6: Where is the Maths?
Video 7: What's the point?
Video 5 will be posted soon on this page.

The Games

The Shannon switching game is a strategy game for two players. The game can be played on different diagrams. Below are the general rules of the game, and a renge of diagrams to play.

 

Transport networks

Below are some mathematical exercises in the context of designing transport networks.

Some more exercises will be posted on this page over the coming days.

Give us your feedback

If you have used the resources, please Give us your feedback!! It will be really useful when it comes to developing further resources if the future.

 

 

This project has been funded by the University of Edinburgh and Maths Week Scotland small grant fund.