weekly challenge

A Colourful Game of Life

Conway’s Game of life is a seemingly life-like animation where cells on a grid appear and disappear according to 3 quite simple rules that determine whether a cell stays as it is, or changes. This is usually done with 2 colours (say black, considered to be the live cells and white considered to be the background). Jim Blackler created a colourful version of this simulation which is a perfect tool for exploring how it works. We’ll be using it in this challenge. Jim Blackler is a software engineer who works for Google but has also worked in the video games industry. He has a few interesting maths apps on his site http://jimblackler.net/ .

We’ll be running FREE 5-day challenges over summer. These are designed to keep you thinking about mathematical ideas and promote conversation. Each challenge will involve tiny tasks to do with a key idea in maths. Complete at least 3 of the challenges over summer to earn a certificate. Find out more at 5dc.roots2grow.org.

Some related topics:

  • Grids
  • Polyominoes
  • Iteration
  • Functions

To try this activity:

  1. Download the resource file with templates and challenges
  2. Print out the file
  3. Try the website apps:-
  4. Get coloured pens or pencils
  5. Watch the video below

Download or share all of these challenges with this pdf and let us know how you got on with it by tweeting using #momentofmaths and start to see Every moment is a #momentofmaths. Please add any photos or videos to our gallery. Here’s the link: View and upload moments

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