Game #1 - Playing with Lego - SwedeBuild (Linear Programming)
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Game #1 - Playing with Lego - SwedeBuild (Linear Programming)

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Game #1 - Playing with Lego - SwedeBuild (Linear Programming) The aim of this pack is to introduce students to one of the topics of O.R. in a fun and engaging way. It uses Lego to engage students by building tables and chairs and get them thinking about the different ways and number of combinations available, given a limited number of bricks. This then leads onto getting them thinking about the most efficient way to build table and chairs if squares and rectangles cost different amounts, and chairs and tables sell for different amounts. Aimed at: Secondary school  For Year 7-9 / Low ability groups: Allow 90 - 120 minutes  For Year 10-11 / Average ability groups: Allow 60 - 90 minutes  For Year 12-13 / High ability groups: Allow 45 – 60 minutes The material uses: Algebra, formulating equations, solving and graphing inequalities, addition, subtraction This pack includes:  Student worksheet - short version  Student worksheet - long version  Teacher notes  Presentation  Cover Sheet  Additional Resource (Formulating Constraints)  Extension Task (3rd Variable) Not included but provided on a school visit:  6 X Rectangle Lego Bricks  8 X Square Lego Bricks The O.R. technique behind this is optimization (minimum cost / maximum profit etc). This information is also available online to download – visit www.learnaboutor.com and click on teachers material or visit the link below: http://www.learnaboutor.co.uk/teachers_materials/teachers_tableschairs.htm
Game #4 - Making Paper Cups - Paper Cup Challenge (Improving Processes)
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Game #4 - Making Paper Cups - Paper Cup Challenge (Improving Processes)

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Game #4 - Making Paper Cups - Paper Cup Challenge (Improving Processes) The aim of this pack is to introduce students to one of the topics of O.R. in a fun and engaging way. Firstly, we get students folding paper up, down and across to make paper cups. Then the challenge gets technical (and competitive!) - teams are timed building paper cups, and must organise the task into sub-tasks - such as folding or designing. This leads onto thinking about efficiency and process improvement. What worked? What didn't? Lets time it and do it again! The students have a chance to make changes to their process before comparing the means, standard deviations and variances. Aimed at: Secondary school  For Year 7-9 / Low ability groups: Allow 90 - 120 minutes  For Year 10-11 / Average ability groups: Allow 60 - 90 minutes  For Year 12-13 / High ability groups: Allow 45 – 60 minutes The material uses: Mean, Variance, Standard Deviation, addition, subtraction This pack includes:  Student worksheet - short version  Teacher notes  Presentation  Cover Sheet  Case Study  Excel data  Additional Resource (Crown Paints) The O.R. technique behind this is simulation and improving processes (looking at the most efficient way of doing something). This information is also available online to download – visit www.learnaboutor.com and click on teachers material or visit the link below: http://www.learnaboutor.co.uk/teachers_materials/teachers_papercups.htm
Outline and Overview of Resources Available
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Outline and Overview of Resources Available

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What resources have we uploaded and what are they all about? We've uploaded blurbs to give you an idea of what some of our workshops are all about. We come in and run these workshops for free in schools, colleges and universities (or you can download them for free and run them yourself)! ***Who are we and what do we do?!*** We're the engaging & inspiring Education Officers @TheORSociety! We provide free maths resources, using real life examples and case studies to highlight the importance of maths in the real world. Our materials are free, fun and engaging. We also run interactive workshops based on problem solving, provide free school visits and attend career fairs. Why? To promote O.R. as a Maths Careers. Simply visit our website or get in touch! Oh wait ... what is O.R.?! In a nutshell, operational research (O.R.) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.
Game #2 - Playing Snakes and Ladders - Climbing the Career Ladder (Algorithms)
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Game #2 - Playing Snakes and Ladders - Climbing the Career Ladder (Algorithms)

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Game #2 - Playing Snakes and Ladders - Climbing the Career Ladder (Algorithms) The aim of this pack is to introduce students to one of the topics of O.R. in a fun and engaging way. It uses a specially designed board game to engage students by moving around the board, and exploring the different careers and opportunities available to maths students. Perhaps you become a mathematical comedian and move forwards 4 spaces, or perhaps you buy the wrong plane for B.A. and move back 2 spaces! This then leads onto how a board game is designed, flow charts and the algorithms behind it. Aimed at: Secondary school  For Year 7-9 / Low ability groups: Allow 90 minutes  For Year 10-11 / Average ability groups: Allow 60 - 90 minutes  For Year 12-13 / High ability groups: Allow 60 minutes The material uses: Counting, Flow charts, Algorithms This pack includes:  Board game  Career profiles  Work experience cards  Cover sheet  Presentation  Video Q&A sheet  Teacher Notes Not included but provided on a school visit:  Counters  Dice The O.R. technique behind this is Algorithms. This information is also available online to download – visit www.learnaboutor.com and click on teachers material or visit the link below: http://www.learnaboutor.co.uk/teachers_materials/ORAiS/teachers_ORAiS_careerladder.ht **UPDATED 04/07/16 - UPDATED CAREER PROFILES, ADDITIONAL DETAILED CAREER PROFILES FOR 3 ROLES AND UPDATED WORK EXPERIENCE CARDS**
Game #3 - Let's go to the Theatre - Theatre Bookings (Bin-Packing)
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Game #3 - Let's go to the Theatre - Theatre Bookings (Bin-Packing)

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Game #3 - Let's go to the Theatre - Theatre Bookings (Bin-Packing) The aim of this pack is to introduce students to one of the topics of O.R. in a fun and engaging way. Students will be in charge of organising the seating for a theatre company - think of a large theatre with lots of rows of seats and then lots of audience members. They'll have to decide who sits where, if anyone sits by themselves, and what you’ll do with people who book in a group. This then leads onto getting them thinking about the most efficient way to seat people and how to make the most of the resources / space available. Aimed at: Secondary school  For Year 7-9 / Low ability groups: Allow 90 - 120 minutes  For Year 10-11 / Average ability groups: Allow 60 - 90 minutes  For Year 12-13 / High ability groups: Allow 60 minutes The material uses: Algorithms This pack includes:  Audience Area Template  Cover Game  Grid of Theatre  Presentation  Pros and Cons of Algorithms Flashcards  Teacher Notes  Question worksheet  Answer Worksheet Not included but provided on a school visit:  Theatre images The O.R. technique behind this is algorithm is more formally known as a bin packing algorithm because one is packing different groups sizes and seeing how many “bins” (i.e. rows, in this case) the group sizes fit in, in order to use up the minimum amount of space possible. This information is also available online to download – visit www.learnaboutor.com and click on teachers material or visit the link below: http://www.learnaboutor.co.uk/teachers_materials/ORAiS/teachers_ORAiS_theatre_binpacking.htm