Learning resources for Mathamazing

CatenaryGiant CubeData GatheringManaclesMathamazing encourages students to playfully explore maths concepts through 22 hands-on exhibits, five floor-based Mega Maths Puzzles and sixty Puzzle Placemats. Each Mathamazing experience will inspire mathematical curiosity and confidence, and build greater understanding of mathematical concepts. These concepts all link to real world experiences. For example:

  • Where can we see the strong catenary arch shape in natural structures and buildings?
  • What is the shape of the orbits of planets around our Sun? A shape where the sun is located on one of two focal points.
  • How can you measure the distance to objects or places that are far away?  
  • Why do you need to collect more data to get a more accurate result and make better predictions?

Students will leave the exhibition thinking that there is a lot more to maths than previously thought!

This exhibition is targeted at students in year 6 and over, but can be enjoyed by all year levels.
Five floor-based Mega Maths Puzzles are built to an oversized scale, so they have strong visual impact and they offer highly interactive maths experiences for groups and individuals and/or younger students.

Main themes

Mathamazing covers mathematically-rich topics such as numbers, fractions and operations, measurement, patterns, probability and chance, geometry, topology, statistics, puzzles, number tricks, logic, conics, trigonometry, fractals and problem solving.

Resources

Education materials have been developed for this exhibition. These include Teacher Notes with curriculum links and detail about each exhibit which covers:

  • How the exhibit works
  • Things to try or ask around the exhibit
  • Background Science for the exhibit

Teachers may copy any material for educational purposes.

Curriculum links

This exhibition supports the Australian National Mathematics Curriculum. Direct links to the curriculum exist for Measurement and Geometry including Shape, Geometric Reasoning, Location and Trigonometry (Year 6, 9), Statistics and Probability including Chance and Data Interpretation (Year 6, 7, 8), Number and Algebra including Patterns (Year 6, 8), Linear and non-linear relationships (Year 10).

The exhibition also supports Problem Solving and Reasoning Skills.

Maths Curriculum links are listed under each exhibit in the exhibit descriptions and in the teacher notes.

 

Visiting as a group

Schools and Groups will have 40 minutes in this exhibition, as part of their 2 hour Sciencentre visit. All schools and groups must book to visit the Sciencentre.

Mathamazing. Developed by Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, Canberra.