Dr Ian Johnston, Open University
Some time ago, Ian Johnston was asked to design a beermat which had an optimal aerodynamic performance. Why does a beermat need an optimal aerodynamic performance, you ask? So that when you flip it, you can catch it before it lands, of course.
These resources were used in a Motivate conference with 11-12 year-old school students. Ian briefed the students on how he went about creating such a beermat, and then had the opportunity to design a mat of their own, involving them in practical work and mathematical modelling.
Previous project work and student presentations: Flipping Beermats