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Shapes In The Stars

Find the mathematical shapes by joining up the stars. They are all regular polygons.

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"This website was brilliant. My class and I really enjoy doing the activites."

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Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths main page links to more activities designed for students in upper Secondary/High school.

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Sam Hadwen,

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"I was wondering if you may be able to help. I was wondering if there was a particular name for the Shapes in The Stars puzzles on your site? I once had a book full of them but that has subsequently gone missing and can't for the life of me remember the name.
Any help is much appreciated."

Transum,

Thursday, May 24, 2018

"Hello Sam. I don't know if there is a special name for these Shapes In The Stars. The idea came to me from a Maths teaching colleague at Valley Park School, Wolverhampton back in the eighties. He had produced a hand drawn set of these puzzles and duplicated them using the old Banda spirit duplicating machine. Quite recently I have become aware of a Japanese puzzle based on a similar idea called Zukei. I hope that helps."

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