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Museum at Home

The museums may be closed but you can still explore STEM at National Museums Scotland online!

Suitable for a range of levels

Find blog posts of unsung mathematical heroes and how maths and data tracks sharks. Discover the exciting world of code-breaking with the morse code simulator and a look inside an enigma machine.

Think you've got what it takes to be a code breaker? Try the Cryptography Challenge. Each answer is an exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Castle Quest at Edinburgh Castle

Suitable for Second Level

How did maths build the castle? How did division help people survive a seige?

Explore Edinburgh Castle and your local area through maths eyes with our activities aimed at P5-7 pupils.

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Maths Ceilidh

How can we use music and dance to explore mathematical concepts? We teamed up with Science Ceilidh to find out.

Get your dancing shoes on and explore symmetry through ceilidh dance. You only need four people (or four objects for a table top version!) and a small square of space.

Lewis and Caity from Science Ceilidh show us how it is done.

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Deputy First Minister's Spring Challenge

Suitable for Second Level

Get the whole family enjoying maths with spring games and puzzles, plus top tips on how to integrate more maths at home.

Created by the Scottish Mathematical Society

STEM Ambassadors

Suitable for all levels

STEM Ambassadors regularly visit classes to share how they use maths in their roles for Maths Week Scotland. They have increased their online offer for families and schools in response to COVID-19 including:

  • Virtual STEM Ambassador sessions for home schooling
  • Online resources
  • Online CPD
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Treasure Trails and Escape Rooms


Suitable for First and Second Level

You can turn your home into an escape room with this code solving game made by Anderston Primary School for Maths Week Scotland 2019.

If you live near Anderston or Kelvingrove Park, turn your daily walk into an adventure solving problems and finding clues with treasure trails created by Anderston Primary School. Find out how via the Anderston Primary School Website below.

Have you created your own for your local area? Share with us @MathsWeekScot on Twitter or via email info@mathsweek.scot.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult and social distancing measure observed at all times.

Funding for the trails were from the Maths Week Scotland Small Grants Fund. Content for the day developed by school staff with support from the Parent Council.

University of Edinburgh Strategy Games

Suitable for Second, Third and Fourth Level

Use strategy games and transport network to explore maths in the classroom.

These videos and puzzles look to develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills. Each includes tips and advice for how to complete.

Find them here

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University of Edinburgh Maths Week at Work

Suitable for Third and Fourth Level

Join a video game programmer, actuary, transport planner and academic as they discuss how they use maths in their jobs.

Each video features a maths problem faced by them in their careers to try and solve.

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Women in Maths

Maths Week Scotland interviewed women for whom maths is at the core of their job. Whether it is statistics, bridges or budgets these women rely on maths every single day.

Kids (and adults!) often struggle to identify why maths is useful unless they want to be a maths teacher or banker. Watch these videos together and talk about how maths is important in a huge range of jobs - whatever your interest!

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Maths Ceilidh

How can we use music and dance to explore mathematical concepts? We teamed up with Science Ceilidh to find out.

Get your dancing shoes on and explore symmetry through ceilidh dance. You only need four people (or four objects for a table top version!) and a small square of space.

Lewis and Caity from Science Ceilidh show us how it is done.

Treasure Trail kids
Treasure Trails and Escape Rooms


Suitable for First and Second Level

You can turn your home into an escape room with this code solving game made by Anderston Primary School for Maths Week Scotland 2019.

If you live near Anderston or Kelvingrove Park, turn your daily walk into an adventure solving problems and finding clues with treasure trails created by Anderston Primary School. Find out how via the Anderston Primary School Website below.

Have you created your own for your local area? Share with us @MathsWeekScot on Twitter or via email info@mathsweek.scot.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult and social distancing measure observed at all times.

Funding for the trails were from the Maths Week Scotland Small Grants Fund. Content for the day developed by school staff with support from the Parent Council.

University of Edinburgh Strategy Games

Suitable for Second, Third and Fourth Level

Use strategy games and transport network to explore maths in the classroom.

These videos and puzzles look to develop mathematical thinking and problem solving skills. Each includes tips and advice for how to complete.

Find them here

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University of Edinburgh Maths Week at Work

Suitable for Third and Fourth Level

Join a video game programmer, actuary, transport planner and academic as they discuss how they use maths in their jobs.

Each video features a maths problem faced by them in their careers to try and solve.

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Women in Maths

Maths Week Scotland interviewed women for whom maths is at the core of their job. Whether it is statistics, bridges or budgets these women rely on maths every single day.

Kids (and adults!) often struggle to identify why maths is useful unless they want to be a maths teacher or banker. Watch these videos together and talk about how maths is important in a huge range of jobs - whatever your interest!

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Treasure Trail kids
Treasure Trails and Escape Rooms


Suitable for First and Second Level

You can turn your home into an escape room with this code solving game made by Anderston Primary School for Maths Week Scotland 2019.

If you live near Anderston or Kelvingrove Park, turn your daily walk into an adventure solving problems and finding clues with treasure trails created by Anderston Primary School. Find out how via the Anderston Primary School Website below.

Have you created your own for your local area? Share with us @MathsWeekScot on Twitter or via email info@mathsweek.scot.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult and social distancing measure observed at all times.

Funding for the trails were from the Maths Week Scotland Small Grants Fund. Content for the day developed by school staff with support from the Parent Council.

Case Study
Disaster Relief Day

Disaster Relief day challenged students from Kilchrenan Primary, Achaleven Primary and Barcaldine Primary to work against the clock on a series of activities themed around an international disaster relief rescue mission. Although presented as a fictional scenario a sense of urgency and drama was created with authentic posters, presentation of activities and timed events.

Pupils used numeracy, reasoning, creative and social skills to solve problems including Designing a Rescue Vehicle, Moving Supplies, Recording a TV Appeal and Loading Planes.

Funding for transport for the schools and materials were from the Maths Week Scotland Small Grants Fund. Content for the day developed by school staff.

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The children were able to achieve a challenge using ‘their’ maths. They had fun doing it. They saw it fit into the world in new ways, real ways. What was wonderful was to see maths achievement on the faces of the children, that came from the knowledge that they had ‘done it’ with maths!
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Enigma machine


Secondary schools in Angus all got to experience a real enigma machine with a visit from the Bletchley Park Team. They got hands on with cracking codes, and inspired by stories of the role of mathematicians in the Second World War.

Mr Peter Todd organised the week of workshops and talks with all secondary schools in the area, with funding from the Scottish Government and the Edinburgh Mathematical Society.

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The impact from the visit has been huge. Every time Thomas went to a school there was a queue of teachers waiting to see the Enigma machine. How often do students get to see teachers genuinely enthused and interested about something in the school? I think the event had a massive impact on student interest in Mathematics and in particular codebreaking.
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Maths in...


Maths Week Scotland had a different theme each day in these schools, with Maths in Art and Maths in ICT kicking off the week!

It wasn’t just for the pupils though. Parents got messy baking treats midweek, using maths to measure and weight their way to Rocky Road success. The week ended with Maths Outside and cross-year group challenges using natural materials and shapes in nature.

Pupils really enjoyed finding maths everywhere and great fun exploring maths.

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