Many people are of the opinion that mathematics is only about numbers and number operations, and thus myths related to who can do mathematics and who cannot, abound. It is possible that children may struggle with numbers, but it is hard to believe that there could be a child who doesn’t recognize patterns. We see children creating patterns all the time using stones, sticks, leaves, flowers, finger prints, vegetable carvings, rubber stamp impressions and also mathematical shapes.

The topic of cellular automata has many interesting and wide ranging applications to real life problems emerging from areas such as image processing, cryptography, neural networks, developing electronic devices and modelling biological systems. In fact cellular automata can be a powerful tool for modelling many kinds of systems.

‘I wonder…’ is dedicated to middle school science teachers across the country who are igniting the scientific spark in their classrooms. It brings together perspectives and experiments from many science teachers, teacher educators and researchers. We hope that it will be used as a resource by teachers, offering them a wider and deeper perspective of the topics they teach: perspectives that help them explain fundamental concepts, their evolution and their interconnections.

Here's a poem filled with colour and nature!

Share this video with your students and give them tiles to play too - with symmetry, shapes, colours, and numbers.

Shapes, like lines, are everywhere! Students can use this worksheet to identify those around them and make their own creations with some simple geometric shapes.

Give your students some crayons and colour pencils and let them have fun colouring in Hugo and friends colouring-in book!


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