Maths comes alive with ‘Maths in a Box’!

In the UK, every school student has to study maths up to the age of 16. And every maths teacher in the UK at some point will have been asked by their students ‘But what is the point of maths?’ and ‘Why should I carry on studying it?’

Now teachers can get some fresh ideas on how to tackle these questions with Maths in a Box, a collection of electronic and paper resources, including posters, DVDs, booklets containing careers profiles and even a book of magic tricks.

The box contains resources which aim to encourage the uptake and further study of maths and are suitable from key stage 3 right up to key stage 5. These materials have been tried and tested in schools around England and Wales as part of the government-funded More Maths Grads project.

National Project Manager Makhan Singh said, “Maths in a Box is a vital resource for all maths teachers in secondary schools and FE colleges and also for university outreach departments. It shows that maths is used in a whole number of ways that school students may never have thought of. For example, it shows how quadratic equations and probability are linked to football and how logarithms are used in our analysis of earthquakes. And at the same time, it shows how maths can be fun, as students will be able to perform - and understand - the magic tricks for themselves. Maths comes alive with Maths in a Box!”.

Each secondary school in England received a copy of Maths in a Box during the first few months of 2010. A similar box was also distributed to secondary schools in Wales with the same resources in Welsh.

## Download the free 'Maths in a Box' resource in colour:

- PART 1 - What's the point A2 Posters (RAR, 66.6Mb)

Contents:- What's the point of Algebra, The Binomial Theorem, Differentiation, Distributions, Exponentials, Geometry, Graphs, Imaginary Numbers, Index Aerial, Index Ballons, Index. Jump

- PART 2 - What's the point A2 Posters (RAR, 66.9Mb)

Contents:- What's the point of Inequalities, Integration, Logarithms, Numerical Methods, Powers and Roots, Prime Numbers, Probability, Pythagoras, Quadratic Equations, Sequences, Trigonometry, Venn Diagrams

- PART 3 - A3 Posters & Postcards (RAR, 94.3Mb)

Contents:- Origami - Aerospace, Architecture, Music, Navigation, Nature, Sport
- When will I ever need Maths? - in Business Studies, Food Technology, ICT, Physical Education, Art, Geography, Science
- Where will A-level Maths take you?

- PART 4 - More Posters, Postcards & Leaflets, Career profiles, Enrichment activities (RAR, 80.6Mb)

Contents:- Career Profiles Booklet
- Enrichment Activities Booklet
- STEM Directory Leaflet
- Everyday Maths Leaflet
- What do we need maths for? Booklet
- Maths Careers Leaflet
- Which A-level subject gives you access to a thousand different careers? Postcard and A3 Poster
- In Search of the shape of the universe A2 Posters
- How would you judge a freehand circle-drawing competition? A2 Poster
- The Zeta Function A2 Poster

- PART 5 - Booklets & Leaflets (RAR, 91.7Mb)

Contents:- RSS Booklet
- Maths at University Booklet
- Young Person's Information Leaflet
- Maths Inside Booklet
- Maths Careers Endless Opportunities Poster

Download the free 'Maths in a Box' resource in black and white:

- PART 1 - What's the point Booklet, Origami & Subject Posters (RAR, 97.4Mb)

Contents- Origami - Aerospace, Architecture, Music, Navigation, Nature, Sport A4 Posters
- What's the point of Algebra, The Binomial Theorem, Differentiation, Distributions, Exponentials, Geometry, Graphs, Imaginary Numbers, Index Aerial, Index Ballons, Index. Jump, Inequalities, Integration, Logarithms,Numerical Methods, Powers and Roots, Prime Numbers, Probability, Pythagoras, Quadratic Equations, Sequences, Trigonometry, Venn Diagrams A2 posters
- When will I ever need Maths? - in Business Studies, Food Technology, ICT, Physical Education, Art, Geography, Science A3 Posters

- PART 2 - More Posters, Postcards & Leaflets, Career profiles, Enrichment activities (RAR, 94.2Mb)

Contents:- Career Profiles Booklet
- Enrichment Activities Booklet
- Which A-level subject gives you access to a thousand different careers? A4 Poster
- Where will A-level Maths take you? A4 Poster
- Maths at University Booklet
- Young Person's Information Leaflet
- Maths Careers Endless Opportunities Poster
- RSS Booklet
- Maths Inside Booklet
- STEM Directory Leaflet
- Everyday Maths Leaflet
- Maths Careers Leaflet
- What do we need maths for? Booklet
- In Search of the shape of the universe A2 Posters
- How would you judge a freehand circle-drawing competition? A2 Poster
- The Zeta Function A2 Poster

Download the Mapping of Maths in a Box (XLS, 31Kb)

Maths in a Box - Good Ideas Guide (PDF, 1.09Mb)

Some suggestions of how the resources might be used, including quotes from teachers who have actually used the box.

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