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3-D Figures Math Investigation - Make Me a Radical Robot!

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 8 pages

A mathematics investigation about 3-D figures, embedded in a real-world context.

This open-ended mathematics investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of 3-D figures.

In this investigation, students must use their knowledge and understanding of nets, prisms and pyramids to design and build a model of a toy robot. Throughout the investigation, they will:

  • Draw a labeled, 2-D diagram of the design (drawn to scale), which shows the various features of the robot.
  • Complete a materials matrix which explains which materials should be used for each part of the robot.
  • Build a colored, 3-D model of the robot which shows what the finished product might look like.
  • Design a persuasive poster to convince parents to buy the robot for their children.

This teaching resource includes:

  • teacher notes, detailing a range of important information about the investigation
  • a detailed description of the investigation for students, including step-by-step instructions
  • various planning worksheets and templates
  • reflection questions.


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