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Join us in celebrating Maths Week England by exploring the Science Museum Group’s maths resources.

Our mission is to ignite curiosity in science, technology, engineering and maths, and we are thrilled to bring maths to the spotlight. Our museums are filled with examples of how maths has shaped society. You can use our resources in the classroom and also share with your students and their families to help build confidence in maths at home.

Making activities

Get your class interacting with maths! These activities have easy to follow, step-by-step instructions using simple materials.

Bubble Geometry

Make use of geometry in observing the shapes and angles soap bubbles create when they join together.

Cipher wheel

Make a cipher wheel of your own, which you can use to encrypt and decrypt messages.

Make an animation

Make a device called a phenakistoscope, which displays a continuously looping animation.

Mystery tubes

Work out how shoelaces are connected inside a closed tube.

Shape detectives

Cutting out simple shape templates and look through them to find similar shapes in the real world.

Build a Dome

Use straws and strong shapes to make a self-supporting dome.

Bottle top shapes

Get creative with geometry by drawing lines on bottle tops and seeing what shapes you can make.

Image Banks

Discover how maths has shaped and impacted society and spark discussion and curiosity around maths with these beautiful examples from our museum collections in these image banks.

3D Objects

Explore objects from the Science Museum Group’s Collection to fuel curiosity and discussion around maths. These virtual 3D reconstructions of some of the objects in Mathematics: The Winton Gallery invite you to look closer and explore the application of maths and science principles by seeing how the objects might work.

Enigma cipher machine

Enigma cipher machines were designed to create complex encrypted messages that were almost impossible to break.

Ishiguro’s storm model

Shizuo Ishiguro, an electrical engineer and mathematician, developed this electronic storm model to simulate the North Sea and increase our ability to predict the impact of storm surges on our coastline.

Catalytic converter

A catalytic converter is a large metal box that sits underneath your car. They help reduce the chances of us getting ill by reducing the emission of toxic fumes.

Marine sextant

Sailors use sextants to work out their ship’s location at sea so they can navigate.

Maths object hunt

Encourage students to follow their curiosity and work together to hunt for different maths related/ themed objects. They’ll complete challenges and use observation and questioning skills to get thinking and talking about how maths has shaped our lives. While these are meant to be completed in the Science Museum Group museums, most of the questions can be answered using everyday objects.

 


 

Developed with the support of the Science Museum Group Academy’s Major Partner, MathWorks.