Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Maths: make a maze!

Chiara and Naomi were doing about Ancient Greece for history today.  We got to the myth of Minotaur and Theseus and thought how fun it would be to make a maze of our own, so we did...
 
The mathematics of Networks is connected with that of Mazes, mazes like the Cretan Labyrinth in The story of Minotaur! 
 


If you want to make your own, this is how we made ours...


 
STEP ONE

Get a square or rectangular lid of a biscuit tin and with a permanent marker and a ruler make a grid like this...


STEP TWO

Use the string, and some sticky tape, to mark out a route around your grid like this...



STEP THREE

And then, with the modelling clay, make the walls for your grid carefully along the grid lines.




Create false walls and trick routes as you go to add to the fun!

STEP FOUR

Take away the string!




STEP FIVE

Roll up some more modelling clay to make a ball shape.  Use the ball to see if a member of your family or a friend can work his or her way round your maze!





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