Random Ideas


You've seen the International Flag Alphabet. If you were to design one, what sort of flag alphabet would you create? Use a vector graphics program to draw the new designs on a computer.

How many Flags?

Choose a simple outline design for a flag and a set of colours. How many flags can be made by colouring in each part of the flag in different colours? 

What happens if you don't alow mirror images

Telephone Lines

How many telephone calls do 100 people need to make before they have all spoken to eachother?

Start with 2, 3, 4, 5 people. Make a table of your results. See if you can find a rule that can help you predict the results for 6, 10 or more people. 

Quiz Sheets and Guides

As well as answering quiz sheets set up by other students, why not send your class to the museum with the intention of producing quiz sheets or student guides for different galleries. 

Alternatively, assign groups of students to produce thematic guides that look at a common feature in several galleries.

80's Retro Music

Telecommunications was an important theme for a variety of groups in the 1980s:

Telegraph Road Dire Straits
Call Me and Hanging on the Telephone Blondie
Radio GaGa Queen
Video Killed the Radio Star The Buggles

Midi files for Call Me, Radio GaGa and Video Killed the Radio Star are available at the Girl's MIDI Shack

Why not discuss he lyrics for Video Killed the Radio Star or Radio GaGa? Compose a song describing the internet?

How Long is a Piece of String?

You remember the old cup and a piece of string telephone that you used to make as a child? How long was your string?

What is the maximum length of string that you can use  to send an understandable message? What happens if you use string of different widths?


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