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  1. Great Minds: Newton’s Gravity Defying Puzzle

    Great Minds: Newton’s Gravity Defying Puzzle

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    Aim: Place the ‘bullet’ inside the ‘cup’. Then place the cup on a flat surface (the point of the bullet should be visible & facing upwards). Can you work out how to remove the bullet without moving the cup?!

    Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)

    Famous for observing an apple fall from a tree, from which he formulated the theory of gravity – the invisible force that draws everything towards the centre of the Earth, and keeps the Earth and other planets orbiting around the Sun. He experimented with prisms, splitting a beam of light and proving that white light is made up of a spectrum of all the colours. Learn More
  2. William the Conqueror’s Antler Puzzle

    William the Conqueror’s Antler Puzzle

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    Aim: Can you separate the two antlers… and then reattach them?!

    William the Conqueror (1028-1087)

    William won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and became the first Norman king of England. Norman nobles flooded into the country constructing many famous castles. Although ruthless, William was a great organiser. He compiled the Domesday Book, the first comprehensive list of English landowners. It enabled William to collect taxes effectively. A keen huntsman, he introduced ‘Forest Law’ which regulated hunting. He reserved a vast tract of forest in southern England for his own use, a small part of which remains today as the New Forest in Hampshire. Learn More
  3. Great Minds: Galileo’s Star Puzzle

    Great Minds: Galileo’s Star Puzzle

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    Aim: Can you remove the star from the ring… and then put it back?!

    Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

    Not only a physicist and philosopher, he was the father of modern astronomy. he constructed a telescope and was the first to see the mountains and valleys on the moon, and the vast number of stars comprising the Milky Way. He discovered sunspots and the phases of the planet Venus, but he was accused of heresy for suggesting that the sun was the centre of the Solar System. Learn More
  4. Great Minds: Franklin’s Key Puzzle

    Great Minds: Franklin’s Key Puzzle

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    Aim: Can you separate the two keys… and then reattach them?!

    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

    Among many other things he was the first to demonstrate that lightning comprises electrical charges. In 1752 Franklin supposedly ventured into a storm to fly a kite. He was holding a silk ribbon with a kite at one end and an iron key at the other. Lightning struck the kite and a charge travelled down the silk ribbon to the metal key. Franklin touched the key and was ‘zapped’, thus proving the electrical nature of lightning! Learn More
  5. Great Minds: Da Vinci’s Ball Bearing Puzzle

    Great Minds: Da Vinci’s Ball Bearing Puzzle

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    Aim: Can you make the ball bearings sit at opposite ends of the puzzle?

    Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

    He conceptualised the first helicopter. He knew that the propeller on his helicopter design would need to rotate extremely fast for lift off, and that he would have to find a solution to the friction problem. Ball bearings, together with a lubricant, would significantly reduce friction, greatly increasing the propeller’s speed. Although the use of ball bearings was known to the Romans, it is Leonardo Da Vinci who is generally credited with their invention. Learn More
  6. Great Minds: Shakespeare's Word Puzzle

    Great Minds: Shakespeare's Word Puzzle

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    Can you arrange the letters into a 4 x 4 grid so that every row of four letters (vertical, horizontal and diagonal) contain no two letters that are the same?

    Known as the ‘Bard’ he is considered by many to be the greatest playwright of all time in any language. Also a famous poet and wordsmith, he was one of the fathers of the modern English language. Over 2000 new words and phrases were coined by him which are still in use today, a number of which are quoted inside this pack. Learn More

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